15 years in a football kit helps to fund lifesaving kit at Macduff

Lifeboats News Release

This years RNLI Mayday fundraising campaign, ‘do your bit, fund our kit’, received a welcome boost in Macduff recently when local footballer Graeme Watt visited the station.

RNLI crew in drysuits standing in front of RNLI Macduff lifeboat B-804 Lydia Macdonald with local footballer Graeme Watt

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Graeme Watt presenting a cheque to the Macduff crew

Graeme who has played for Banff based Deveronvale FC for 15 years was honoured by the club on reaching this milestone with a very successful testimonial dinner dance held at the Banff Springs Hotel in February.

Graeme decided that some of the funds raised during his testimonial year would be donated to the RNLI in Macduff.

After meeting some of the volunteer crew, viewing the station, boat & launch vehicle and hearing about the work they do in the local area, Graeme handed over a cheque for £4000.

Macduff Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Morrison said of the donation: ‘as with all donations we receive here in Macduff, the money used locally to support our work saving lives at sea.

Roy added: ‘we are grateful to Graeme and Deveronvale for supporting Macduff Lifeboat and we will be using this donation to fund the purchase of kit for some of our newly enrolled volunteers.’

Notes for editors

  • Details of the RNLI Mayday fundraising appeal can be found here https://rnli.org/mayday
  • RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew.
  • Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise.

RNLI media contacts:

Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366 [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639 [email protected]

Henry Weaver, Regional Media Manager Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, [email protected]

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Graeme Watt in a red football top and white shorts running from the goal mouth after he scored the winning goal against Elgin City in the Scottish Cup

Graeme Watt

Graeme Watt after he scored the winning goal against Elgin City in the Scottish Cup

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