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Mayday appeal totals nears £5000

Lifeboats News Release

Three generations of family from Pentland Ferries present cheque for funds raised for Mayday appeal.

Volunteer crew of the Kirkwall lifeboat

RNLI/Kirkwall Lifeboat Station

Volunteer crew of the Kirkwall lifeboat

The RNLI Mayday appeal which ran through the whole month of May had a large boost on Saturday 8th June when Pentland ferries presented a cheque for £1280 which was the amount the company raised in May.

Pentland ferries had a Marquee on the quay beside their vessel with various fundraising events going on including a raffle, tea, coffee and home bakes and a Lift the Lifeboat challenge where people could lift different weights until the total reached 42 tonnes - the same as the weight of the lifeboat in Kirkwall.

The raffle was a huge success and Susan Banks said: 'The support from local businesses and individuals with providing prizes and buying tickets was amazing. It is so good to see the value that they all hold in the Lifeboats'.

Monies are still coming in to the Kirkwall fundraising branch from local shops and other areas so there is not an exact total at present but it is expected that the total will be in excess of £2000 with £495 of lifeboat goods also being sold.

The grand total is hoped to reach £5000 and the RNLI thanks everyone involved in this great event to raise money to provide the kit required by our crews.

The cheque was presented by Andrew Banks, his daughter Kathryn Scollie and granddaughter Sara Scollie.

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