Tobermory RNLI’s fish supper on wheels nets £1,300 to help save lives at sea
The introduction of home delivery to this year’s Tobermory RNLI’s fish supper at the Pier Café netted £1,363 to help save lives at sea.
After the success of last year’s first ever RNLI fish supper in Tobermory, the fundraisers decided to offer home delivery to hungry customers, not only in Tobermory but also to the villages of Dervaig and Salen in North Mull. Tobermory's volunteer crew made the deliveries, including to 15 residents in sheltered accommodation at Glen Iosal in Tobermory.
Once again, the fish supper was held in conjunction with the Pier Café in Tobermory with owner Lindsay Macdonald supplying the use of the kitchen and the food for free and the Mishnish Hotel providing the fish. For the non-fish eaters, there were the options of battered sausage, vegetable pakora, black pudding and, of course, haggis. Lindsay and Chef Paul Jakiel spent several hours slaving over a hot fryer with the support of Lucy Wilson all of whom gave up their time for free. With the assistance of Tobermory RNLI fundraisers Nettie Wood and Helen Foster, they turned out more than 218 suppers (including 143 fish suppers). Friday night and Saturday also saw the crew and fundraisers scrub and chip 90 kilos of potatoes in preparation which were then partly cooked in the kitchens at the Mishnish Hotel with the help of Chef Ryan Crawford.
Tobermory RNLI Fundraising Group Chair, Nettie Wood said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone who so generously supported this year’s fish supper. We were at one point overwhelmed with orders and we’re sorry that some supporters had to wait longer than we’d have liked. We also want to thank the Pier Café, Lindsay Macdonald, Chef Paul and the team for all their support as well as the Mishnish Hotel and Chef Ryan for supplying the fish and helping with the preparation. £1,300 is a fantastic amount which is not only nearly double last year’s total but also shows how generous our island community is.’
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For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.