Competitions, Sponsored walks, Raffles – Appledore RNLI COVID Fundraising

Lifeboats News Release

Children’s Colouring Competitions, Treasure Hunts, Sponsored walks and Mega Raffles are all part of Appledore RNLI Guild’s new non-contact fundraising initiatives.

RNLI/Simon Ellery

Appledore RNLI introduces COVID compliant Fundrasing

These replace the much loved Art Exhibition, Tea at Tapley, Adults Behaving Badly, and much else.

Due to COVID, unfortunately all nearly all normal fundraising activities initiatives have been cancelled for this year. The RNLI, which is a charity, relies 100% on fundraising, donations and legacies, has therefore been very hard hit. It has managed to keep every lifeboat around the country operational throughout the pandemic and there are now essential lifeguards back on many beaches. However reserve funds cannot last for ever and are dwindling fast.

The Children’s Colouring Competition has already started, the overall winner of which will have their entry made into a fundraising Christmas card.

There are three age groups: under 5 years, 5 to 8 years and 8 years plus. Lifeboat-related images for children to colour in, along with full details of the competition, can be downloaded from, or they can create an image of their own. There is no charge for taking part, but we would ask for donations to be made to All entries must be submitted by 29th August.

The RNLI Appledore Treasure Hunts, with RNLI related prizes, runs from Monday 10th August until Sunday 23rd August. There are two separate sets of clues –one for adults and one for children.

Both follow exactly the same route around Appledore, but the clues are different. Both take around 60 minutes to complete, and it is an opportunity for all family members to have a go. The Clues can be obtained from the Appledore Quay Gift Shop, or by email from [email protected]. There is no charge for this, though donations are requested to

Luckily the ever popular 16 mile Clovelly to Appledore Sponsored Walk along the South West Coastal Path can go ahead, but this year there is an extra two to three mile "Families" sponsored walk on Northam Burrows, so that families can walk together, whilst raising income for the RNLI.

The main walk starts in Clovelly on Saturday 19 September at 9.00 am and takes around 5 hours to complete. Details are available from John Wilson at [email protected].

The "Families Walk" will start at Pebble Ridge, near the Northam Burrows Visitor Centre between 9:15 and 9:45am, the same day, and should take 60-75 minutes. For details please contact David de Burton at [email protected] .

Donations for both walks can be made through fundraising/station-to-station2020

The Appledore RNLI Fundraising Guild is also launching a grand Christmas Raffle, with significant prizes, in September. Tickets will be on sale in several places, and the draw will hopefully take place at the Christmas Carol Concert at Appledore Lifeboat Station on Sunday 6th December, as long as carols can go ahead by then.

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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