FOR a few short hours, as the skies darkened on Monday evening, Stonehaven’s War Memorial glowed gold.
Monuments and landmarks across the country were being illuminated to launch RNLI’s fundraising campaign, May Day. Local photographer Murray Aitken turned up to help for Stonehaven’s event, producing this amazing image.
With the help of Stonehaven Town Partnership, the memorial glowed yellow for the evening to allow photographs to be taken.
The May Day Fundraising Campaign is on through the month of May to raise money for crew kit, hence the yellow welly theme.The lifesaving charity, who are supported entirely by public donations, are asking people to organise a fundraising event, any time in May, to help fund the iconic yellow kit worn by lifeboat crew volunteers.
The RNLI aim to raise £700,000. All crew are issued with their own kit. One pair of yellow steel-toe-capped wellies costs £55, so you can understand why they need to raise funds.
Stonehaven RNLI Community Fundraising Branch Chair Karen Smith said: “During the month of May we’re asking people in our community and across the country to do their bit to help fund our volunteer crews’ lifesaving kit.
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.