Filey Lifeboat Weekend to go virtual.

Lifeboats News Release

Organisers of Filey Lifeboat Weekend have announced a major change to its format: it’s going virtual.

Filey ALB along with Filey ILB

RNLI/Robbie McKennan

Filey ALB along with Filey ILB

Current restrictions following the Covid 19 outbreak mean that it would be impossible to hold the usual events on Coble Landing, Filey. Coupled with the difficulty of being able to offer social distancing in the Lifeboat shop and the fact that many of the fund-raising volunteers need to be shielded, the organisers felt a new approach was needed.

The Filey Lifeboat Station still needs to raise about £5,000 to cover the cost of each lifeboat call-out along the Filey coast as well as ensuring that the crew continue to be fully trained.

All the usual favourites will be there in a virtual format: special shows from Magic Mike, Dearne Big Band, Stubbsies Folk Group and Ali Bullivent along with videos and pictures celebrating Lifeboats and Lifeboat Days in the past. There will be a virtual tour of our all-weather and inshore lifeboats as well as an opportunity to meet the crew. The Ladies Guild will feature appealing for funds. There will be videos and aerial footage of both boats as well as exercises with helicopters and real rescues. There will also be a series of photographs with music celebrating previous raft races and visits from the White Rose Goldwings.

The virtual weekend will take place on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August. Every hour different posts will be made on the station’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fileylifeboatstation/) with videos or pictures and at the end of each post, viewers will be asked to donate money either by the Facebook Donate button or through Just Giving: (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fileylifeboat2020)

All the money raised will go directly to the running of Filey Lifeboat Station.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “As you can’t come to see us on Lifeboat Weekend then we will bring Lifeboat Weekend to you. The organisation of the virtual weekend has presented a unique challenge and I want to thank everyone who has assisted in any way. We need almost £200,000 to cover the costs of the service here at Filey so any donation, no matter how small, will be very much appreciated.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.

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For more information please telephone John Ward, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07771800748 or filey@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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