RNLI 911 fundraising challenge visits Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Station
On Thursday 29th August, the volunteer crew at Tighnabruaich RNLI assembled to greet challengers as they tour all 77 Scottish RNLI stations - past and present - in just 19 days
Taking part in a mock rescue, their distinctive orange 911 Porsche 'Splash', 'towed' the Lifeboat, and in turn was 'towed' by Prop Macleod's 1938 Austin 7. The couple explained that their tour raises funds both by sponsorship and via the 'rnli-911challenge' Just Giving page with the ultimate aim of providing funds for a D Class Lifeboat.
This could be put into service in most locations and provide support to the RNLI volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help save lives at sea.
James explained they will continue to undertake challenges yearly to help the RNLI. James said: we aim to raise awareness of this unique organisation which is run by volunteers whose sole purpose is to save lives at sea and we will continue to do so until 2024 when the RNLI celebrates it bicentenary.'
Following a very enjoyable visit to Tighnabruaich, their onward journey continued with stops at Arran and Kintyre Lifeboat stations, and is due for completion on 11th September in Kirkwall.
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.