Calendar Sells in No Time for RNLI Crewmember

Lifeboats News Release

A Kinghorn RNLI crewmember who produced a calendar for 2021 has sold out the entire print run and raised £500 for the RNLI.

Donnie Maclean with his charity calendar which sold 60 copies with profits going the RNLI

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

Donnie Maclean with his charity calendar

Donnie Maclean began volunteering at the local RNLI station in early 2020 as a member of the shorecrew and trainee tractor driver. Donnie is also a keen photographer and has been taking photos of the Kinghorn Beach area over the past year.

Demand for the calendar has been strong, with all 60 copies sold by Christmas. The twelve images featured include local beachscapes, the Firth of Forth and Kinghorn Lifeboat.

Donnie said, ‘I was inspired to do it because I was taking some nice photos and posting them in the local Facebook photography groups.The feedback I was getting was very positive, so I thought that it would be a good opportunity to pull the best ones together into a calendar.

‘I'm hugely passionate about fundraising for the RNLI, as I was actually rescued by the RNLI Lifeboat on Loch Ness during a kayaking endurance feat that I was attempting in 2016.

‘One of my fellow athletes was knocked into the water when the wind and swell got up at a pinch point about half way down the loch. I went to help him and ended up getting knocked into the water too. The waves were too high for us to be able to get back into the kayaks, and we were right in the middle, so we were really struggling. He was really suffering with the cold water, so we radioed for the lifeboat, and they were amazing.

The RNLI charity is supported entirely by donations. The Kinghorn RNLI station has had a very busy 2020, responding to nearly 100 incidents.

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn
  • Photo shows Donnie Maclean with his calendar at Kinghorn lifeboat station

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For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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