Portpatrick RNLI raise over £24,000 during an action-packed 'lifeboat week'

Lifeboats News Release

Portpatrick Lifeboat station volunteers raised over a staggering £24,000 during the annual lifeboat week event.

0020 Fundraisers hand over a cheque for £1200 to Wilma Hoad in memory of her husband and crew member Ian Hoad.

RNLI/Pete Robinson

Tuff mudder money donated

The annual RNLI lifeboat week event held between 28 July and 3 August. The week started with a somber reminder of the importance of the RNLI to the town.

On Sunday 28 July, Portpatrick RNLI held a commemorative service and reef laying on the coast line just south of the port, where 75 years on 27 July 1944, 22 crew and passengers on a plane carrying wounded troops home to safety crashed into the cliffs of Cairngaroch bay south of Portpatrick, leaving no survivors.

The RNLI Portpatrick lifeboat the Jeanie Spiers was called out to assist in the recovery of the deceased from the incident as access to the beach below the cliffs was as, is still the case today, only achieved by the sea.

The rest of the week volunteers organised a fun filled cerise of events culminating in a high octane fireworks finale.

The volunteers held events such as the fun run, zumba, charity race nights and family fun bingo. Local public houses also opened their doors to raise funds through live music events.

RNLI Portpatrick families also got on board by volunteering to run events like quiz nights, sandcastle competitions, coffee mornings and much more.

Friday saw the much loved charity raft race, where the community of Portpatrick and surrounding areas hotly compete in a 'raft around the harbour race.' The final day; Saturday brings tourists and locals out in droves to see the voluntary emergency services demonstration events.

Kicked off by a cliff rescue by the HM Coastguard then followed by the joint operations of Portpatrick and Stranraer inshore lifeboat.

This meant that a demonstration of life saving was held within the wall of the harbour, much to the delight of the crowds who got to see close up the hard work and skill needed by the volunteer crew of both inshore and off shore lifeboats.

RNLI crew members carried out a capsize drill, person in water recovery to a inshore life boat, this was followed by a 'Float to Live' demonstration and the volunteers finished off with a synchronised 'crocodile' swim to make their way to the harbour steps, to the applause of the crowd watching on.

Saturday night and volunteer Crew of the RNLI Portpatrick held a BBQ and bonfire with fundraising events 'wheel of fortune' and 'lucky numbers' finishing with a spectacular fireworks display to mark the end of Lifeboat week 2019.

After much collecting, counting and conferring it is now estimated that the volunteer team of Portpatrick RNLI charity workers raise a staggering £24,000.

This was only achieved by the help, time and charity of people volunteering their time and money to help the RNLI save lives at sea.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Portpatrick RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Pete Robinson, 07827 424308 or primaging@icloud.com

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office: 01202 336789


Robin White Ex Portpatrick Crew member from 1980 to 1990 presents a cheque for £2500 to Portpatrick lifeboat crew found.

RNLI/Pete Robinson

Former crew member donates £2500

RNLI/Pete Robinson

Fun run for charity

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Young RNLI enthusiast show his appreciation
Portpatrick Lifeboat held a commemorative service and reef laying on the coast line just south of the port, where 75years on the 27th July 1944, 22 crew and passengers on a plane carrying wounded troops home to safety crashed into the cliffs of Cairngaroch bay south of Portpatrick leaving no survivors. The RNLI Portpatrick lifeboat the “Jeanie Spiers” was called out to assist in the recovery of the deceased from the incident as access to the beach below the cliffs was as, is still the case toda

RNLI/Pete Robinson

Memorial wreak laying
Fireworks over Portpatrick Harbour

RNLI/Pete Robinson

fireworks display to mark the end of Lifeboat week 2019.

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