Generous donation kicks off Filey RNLI’s appeal for new inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A generous supporter has kick-started an appeal by Filey RNLI to raise £52,000 for a new D class lifeboat. Miss Anne Lawson from Yorkshire has donated £10,000 to the charity’s appeal.

Phill Andrews

RNLI’s D class lifeboat The Braund

The RNLI is now sending out its own SOS to help raise the remaining funds needed to ensure that the new lifeboat can become a reality.

Neil Cammish, Coxswain/Mechanic at Filey RNLI said: ‘We’re overwhelmed that our appeal has got off to such an amazing start and we can’t thank Miss Lawson enough for her lifesaving support.

‘We now hope that other people will get behind our charity’s appeal. No matter how small or large the donation, every penny will bring us closer to ensuring that our new inshore lifeboat can become a reality.’

Miss Lawson said: ‘I’m delighted to make a donation to help kick start the appeal to fund the new D class at Filey. My family have always been loyal supporters of the RNLI in Fife and my father was a shipping agent and as such dependant on the sea.

‘The RNLI lifeboats are such an important support for those whose jobs are on the sea as well as pleasure craft and those enjoying the sea and surf.

‘As a child I remember selling flags on the local high street to raise funds to support the charity, so you could say I’ve been a supporter all my life. Further to my relocation to Yorkshire, I am now keen to support the stations on the Yorkshire coast, including Filey.’

There are lots of ways that people can get involved with the appeal from arranging their own fundraising event to taking part in a sponsored challenge.

For more information on how to support the appeal or to make a donation, please visit: https://rnli.org/fileyappeal or contact Amy Casbolt, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager on: 07827 957086 or email: Amy_Casbolt@rnli.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

The appeal will run for 12 months and if it raises more than £52,000, the donations will go towards the RNLI’s lifesaving work in Filey.

Filey RNLI’s current D class lifeboat The Braund is reaching the end of its operational life. A new lifeboat will ensure that the volunteer crew has the most up-to-date onboard technology available to continue saving lives at sea.

RNLI Picture captions

1.The photo shows Filey RNLI’s D class lifeboat The Braund. Credit: Phill Andrews.

2. The photograph shows Anne Lawson as a student. Photo courtesy of Anne Lawson.

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Anne Lawson

Miss Anne Lawson

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