Beautiful boat planter raises funds for Kilkeel RNLI
G Smyth Boats Ltd., Kilkeel, created a beautiful boat planter named Hope, to raise funds for Kilkeel RNLI.
To be in with a chance of winning the planter, £5 donations were accepted by Martin (Tiddles) Trimble, Siobhan Trimble, and Ceara Russell of G Smyth Boats.
The draw for the winner took place on Saturday 10 April and the lucky winner was Esther Shields from Annalong, who gratefully accepted the planter Hope which had been filled with plants supplied by David Campbell of the Kilkeel Garden Centre.
In accepting the £1,840 cheque, John Fisher, Kilkeel RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, thanked Gerry Smyth of G Smyth Boats Ltd. for the work involved in producing the planter which was a novel way to raise funds for the RNLI and which has allowed the local community to show, once again their continuing support for the charity that saves lives at sea.
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.