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RNLI Tighnabruaich fundraising efforts continue

Lifeboats News Release

A family's effort to raise funds for RNLI Tighnabruaich continues to build on their success having raised just shy of £5000 since last August.

Street sale of items to raise local funds taking place on the shore at Kames, Tighnabruaich

RNLI/Gillian Purves

Fundraising street sale held in the spring

Claire Pearce has long supported the community fundraising effort collecting bric-a-brac to sell at RNLI open events. With these halted due to covid-19, Claire and her son Stuart continued to collect and sell donated items in the Tighnabruaich area by listing items on Facebook and holding a street sale with the fundraising team, raising funds and providing a positive focus for many during periods of lockdown.

As well as single items being donated, Claire has been contacted by people wishing to contribute household items from home clearances so all manner of goods have been traded – mindful of the appropriate Covid restrictions – to raise their impressive funding contribution. People travel from as far away as Oban to collect their purchases. A second street market takes place in Kames, Tighnabruaich on Saturday 28th August from 10am to 2pm - fingers crossed for a dry day and a good turnout.

In acknowledging the Pearce’s contribution, Peter Emmet, RNLI’s head of engagement wrote ‘our amazing volunteers continued to find ways to help our crews to continue to save lives at sea.’

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