Ramsgate RNLI receives an Illuminating Cheque
This afternoon in unseasonably warm weather Ramsgate RNLI were presented with a cheque for £802 by Rebekah Smith, Town Promoter for money raised by local small businesses during the Illuminations in December 2018.
Also present was Martin Morgans from the Royal Temple Yacht Club who co-ordinated the annual event, encouraging the boats to light up and who worked side by side with Ramsgate Town Council to include the local businesses and make it into an even bigger spectacle, one which attracted crowds from far and wide and even Europe.
This year was the largest light up of boats yet and huge crowds came to witness the event and also the laser light show that the Town Council arranged. The RNLI added to the spectacle by lighting up their relief Trent in the harbour and even managed to persuade Santa to come out for a tour of the harbour in atrocious weather.
The following local businesses contributed to the total raised by sponsoring an amount for each boat that lit up:
The Empire Rooms, The Little Ships, Thorley Taverns, The Goose, Albion House Hotel, Stonelees Golf Centre, York Street Gallery, Ravensgate Arms, Glendevon Guest House, Nice Things, McGillan and Woodell, Archive Home and Kitchen, Lovett of Ramsgate, The Greek Arch and Home Basics.
Ian Cannon, Coxswain of the RNLI, said: ‘ We would like to thank everyone who took part in last years Illuminations, and we are happy to accept this cheque for £802 which will help us to continue saving lives at sea, as the RNLI is fully funded by voluntary contributions. ‘
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.