Record amount raised at Filey Lifeboat Weekend.
A phenomenal £13,000 has been raised by Filey Lifeboat members and friends over the three day weekend festivities on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August.
The sum raised is a staggering £3000 more than 2018’s record breaking amount and has left organisers delighted with the result. It does not include any takings in the lifeboat souvenir shop.
With cream teas on Friday, wellie-wanging and the raft race on Saturday, both boats launching on Sunday, collections throughout the town and local holiday centres with support from local singers, Dearne Valley Big Band, other rescue services, Filey Rotary and many other organisations, it proved to be a fantastic weekend.
The raft race scheduled for Saturday afternoon was delayed by about an hour when both lifeboats were called to a number of swimmers in difficulty off Reighton Gap, four miles south of Filey.
The raft race winners were the Murton Roofing team for the second year running.
John Ward, Lifeboat Press Officer said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the total amount raised. It goes to show how much Filey Lifeboat and its family of volunteers and helpers is admired throughout Yorkshire. Very many thanks to everyone who gave so generously. And special thanks must go to every volunteer on the station who gave up his/her time to help us. We very much appreciate all the hard work that goes in to making the weekend a success. All the money raised goes directly towards the running of Filey Lifeboat Station.”
Notes to editors
- Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Facebook page.
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.