Islay RNLI raise £2,385 from successful online events

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Islay RNLI has been busy with fundraisers raising £2,385 from online raffle and auction.

David MacLellan draws winning tickets

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David MacLellan draws winning tickets

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Islay RNLI's fundraising team have been unable to hold events in the usual fashion but with some ingenuity have still continued to raise money for the charity.

Raffle tickets sold by fundraisers, crew and committee across the island and online raised £2,000. A vast array of donated prizes were up for grabs including local handicrafts, Dunlossit venison, Jean’s Fresh Fish, Islay Sea-Adventures vouchers and whiskies or gins from several local distilleries. Winning names were drawn by David MacLellan (Coxswain), Graham Paterson (treasurer) and Charles North (mechanic).

Islay RNLI Coxswain David MacLellan, said: 'We have been amazed at the response of the Ileachs once again, it is incredible that we have managed to raise so much for the RNLI charity even in difficult circumstances. Our volunteer crew are on call 24/7 and it means a great deal to have the island’s continued support.'

Islay RNLI also held an online auction via Facebook on 1 May in aid of the RNLI's Mayday campaign. Usually, RNLI lifesavers answer Mayday calls and go to rescue others. But this May, with potentially the busiest summer season on the way, the RNLI asks for the public’s help to raise funds for vital kit to training of our volunteer crews.

The three auction lots were a rare Bunnahabhain Fèis bottle, a season fishing permit for Islay Estate and a bottle of The Botanist gin in the original rectangular bottle. The auction, held over 12 hours on the Islay RNLI Facebook page, raised £385.

Margaret Hastie, Islay RNLI fundraising volunteer, said: 'We are pleased to announce that we have a new JustGiving page for donations to the Islay RNLI. Unable to fundraise in all the usual ways, the RNLI has introduced this alternative for making donations safely during Covid-19 restrictions.'

You can make a donation to the Islay RNLI anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/islayfundraisingbranch2021, and please remember to claim gift aid if you are able.

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Helmut Schroder II of Dunlossit at Port Askaig

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Helmut Schroder II of Dunlossit at Port Askaig

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