Christmas fundraisers benefit the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats
Over £500 has been raised for the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station from the proceeds of a Christmas raffle and a very festive lights display.
Dave and Natalie Chapman of Imperial Drive, Warden raised the brilliant sum of £211.22p by asking for donations for the Sheerness RNLI from the many visitors who came along to view the great display of festive lights at their home. This is the second year that Dave and Natalie have raised in excess of £200 for their local lifeboat station.
The second fundraiser was Annette Poppy of Poppes Gel Nails based in Queenborough. Annette raised the excellent sum of £300 by organising a ‘Christmas Raffle’ with prizes of RNLI items she purchased herself and also lots of others that were donated by customers and family.
Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘on behalf of myself and the crew I would like to thank Dave, Natalie and Annette for their efforts in raising this fabulous amount of money for their local RNLI lifeboat station. All donations to our charity are always greatly appreciated and even more so in these very challenging times. But whatever the situation, rest assured that our volunteer crew members will still be ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ whenever they are required to do so. All funds raised for the station will be used for up-dating or replacing items that are vital for the safety of our crew members, including the purchase of vital PPE items they are required to wear whenever they are called out.'
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.