‘Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles’ event raises £30,500 for Lifeboats in NE Scotland

Lifeboats News Release

Some 250 charity-minded local ladies gathered for the annual ‘Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles’ Lifeboat fundraiser on Saturday 3 March at the Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen – and raised a whopping £30,500 to support lifeboat stations in Buckie, Macduff and Aberdeen.

Audrey Wood who, with her annual Ladies Glamour Glitz and Bubbles afternoon, has raised £192,500 to date for the RNLI. Audrey is pictured with RNLI Aberdeen crew members Deputy Coxwain Robbie Coull (left) and ILB Helm Bruce Finnie at her latest event at the Douglas Hotel.

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Audrey Wood who with her annual Ladies Glamour Glitz and Bubbles afternoon has raised £192,500 to date for the RNLI. Audrey is pictured with RNLI crew members Deputy Coxwain Robbie Coull (left) and ILB Helm Bruce Finnie at her latest event at the Douglas Hotel.

The event is organised by prolific local fundraiser Audrey Wood with sponsorship support from WoodPlc, Nicol of Skene, Apache North Sea, Aberness Care and Cala Homes.

Audrey Wood says: “After the tragedy of Flight 85N in 2009, when 16 men including my son, Stuart, were lost when their helicopter crashed on its way home from the Miller platform, I was astonished to discover that the crew on the lifeboats who went out to search were all volunteers. Soon afterwards, I vowed to dedicate my energy to raising funds to support the local crews.”

The £30,500 raised this year brings the total over the event’s seven year history to over £192,000.

Anne Scott, the RNLI’s Community Fundraising Manager for north east Scotland says: “Audrey Wood is a fundraising phenomenon in Aberdeen. Every year, she stages a sparkling sell-out event which makes people aware of the lifesaving work our volunteer crews do – and that none of this work could happen were it not for the generosity of members of the public. The RNLI is hugely grateful to Audrey, to her event sponsors, and to the ladies who attend and are so generous with their donations and auction bids.”

You can read more about the event in the Aberdeen Press and Journal at http://bit.ly/2FWcKm4

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