Kessock Lifeboat annual car wash goes virtual
For many years the RNLI Kessock Lifeboat Station's charity car wash has been a hugely popular day in the local calendar.
But this year the event cannot go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Traditionally, hundreds of local supporters attend in all manner of vehicles and leave shiny and clean, with smiles and full donation buckets for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with the motto: No fire engine too large, no smart car too tiny, no vehicle left unwashed.
In 2020 the event raised £2,480 - and then lockdown struck, effectively cancelling all fundraising events ever since. A whole year of lost income. But Kessock Lifeboat crew still launch to save lives whenever they are needed and the volunteer crew have responded to the pager more than 20 times since lockdown began.
The Kessock crew of lifesavers ask any members of the public who would usually come to support them to continue this support by donating to their virtual fundraiser this year.
Event organiser, Lifeboat Helm Douglas Munro said: 'The car wash has always been a great success and we appreciate the fantastic and loyal support we receive locally, year after year. It’s also always a great opportunity for the whole crew, that’s the boat crew and the fundraisers, to have an enjoyable day together as a team while generating vital funds to keep our crew safe and lifeboat maintained.
'It costs an average of £155,000 to run a lifeboat station in Scotland but with the implications of Covid-19, we haven’t been able to fundraise as normal to help keep our lifeboats afloat. Can you help us this year by making a donation to our virtual event?'
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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.