Four events in one day keep Ramsgate RNLI fundraisers busy

Lifeboats News Release

Saturday 29 September was an extremely busy day for Ramsgate RNLI fundraisers with a presentation, a visit from the RNLI 911 Challenge, a choir concert, an art show and lastly a Fish and Chip Supper in all one day.

Photo of John Ray receiving his award.

Sarah Hewes

John Ray was recognised for his eleven years as Ramsgate's volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

The mammoth day started with a presentation of recognition and thanks to John Ray, who stepped down as volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer earlier in the year. The presentation was made by the fundraising team for all of his support over the past eleven years of service. He is not retiring completely as he will continue as Station Archivist and with his wife Vanessa will continue with their Educational role reaching out to local schools.

The day then continued with a visit by the RNLI 911 Challenge team in the form of James and Belinda Richardson and their Porsche 911. James and Belinda were nearing the end of their challenge to drive around all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations in England and Ireland anti-clockwise in 911 hours.

Having started at 9.11am on 23 August at Teddington lifeboat station, their epic journey came to an end on Sunday 30 September when they reached Tower Lifeboat Station. A plaque was presented to the station as a reminder of their visit.

The RNLI fundraising team then had to dash across town for the third part of the day. Canterbury based Caritas Choral Choir had approached Ramsgate RNLI fundraisers asking if they could put on a concert to raise money for the local RNLI.

With the assistance of the Station Chaplain, John Chater, the event was arranged to be held at St. George’s Church in Ramsgate which has ties with the local RNLI. A full program of music was written by well known choir director Benedict Preece and local artists were encouraged to exhibit nautical art works as well as the fundraisers selling RNLI merchandise. The event was called Sea Scape and proved to be a delightful afternoon.

Then the evening finished off with a sell out Fish and Chip Supper hosted by the fundraisers back at the station with music provided by the Greyhound Buskers. A lovely end to an extremely busy day.

Saturday was an exception. It’s rare there are four functions in one day. However, without volunteer fundraisers working hard across the country the RNLI would be unable to carry out its role of saving lives at sea. It is entirely funded by donations and the majority of the crew are volunteers.

Media contacts:

Karen Cox Ramsgate volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07779 848431.

Paul Dunt RNLI Media Officer London and the South East tel. 0778520296252.

Photograph of the Porsche 911 outside Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.

Steve Burton

The 911 team arrive - Porsche registration number RNII SEA outside Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.
Ramsgate crew pictured with a plaque marking the 911's visit.

Steve Burton

The commemoration plaque marking the 911's visit.
Photo of the Caritas choir performing at the church.

Brian Whitehead

The Caritas choir performing at the church.
Photo of the Greyhound Buskers performing at the event.

Sarah Hewes

Greyhound Buskers performing at the Fish and Chip Supper.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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