Virtual Fundraising with Appledore RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Appledore RNLI are moving to virtual fundraising.

RNLI/Penny Littlejohn

Appledore RNLI is ready 24/7/365
MAYDAY is the RNLI’s main fundraising month, and so normally in May, the RNLI Appledore Fundraising Guild would be extremely busy with events to raise money to help the volunteer crew save lives at sea, non-judgementally, whatever the problem.

The RNLI is totally funded by fundraising, donations and legacies. It receives no government funds. Throughout this pandemic the lifeboats remain fully operational, 24/7, 365 days of the year, the volunteer crew ready to go the rescue at a moment’s notice, and the operating costs remain the same.

Appledore RNLI were fortunate to have been chosen to kick start the National MAYDAY Month with the national ‘Cuppa with the crew’, a virtual coffee morning with an Appledore RNLI volunteer crew couple, navigator Natalie Simmons and one is its head launchers and trainee trainers, Richard Withey. Around £1400 was raised whilst the crew were on line. This was deemed such a success that Appledore RNLI has been chosen to repeat this coffee morning by showing another side of the lifeboat operation. Ann and Bob Meller have been selected to host another ‘Cuppa with the Crew’ coffee morning, this time on Friday 29th May. Bob is a shore crew member and tractor driver as well a member of the launch authority operations team. Ann is heavily involved in fundraising and a member of the Appledore RNLI Fundraising Guild. Details can be found nearer the time on

Knowing the popularity of the regular Appledore RNLI Fundraising Quiz, the Appledore RNLI Guild has devised a Fun Quiz that anyone can request, take part in at home, and send a donation to Appledore RNLI. It is a Place Name Quiz and an example question is: Where the Crossing Stops -----ANSWER - Bridgend. To take part please email [email protected] for the questions. A Just Giving page has been established for donations:

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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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