Seahouses RNLI crew in fundraising stretcher carry for charity's Mayday campaign
As part of the RNLI's Mayday fundraising campaign, Seahouses RNLI volunteers decided to raise funds by carrying an RNLI stretcher with a dummy casualty, over a route around the village of one mile 13 times on Saturday (29 May) between 10am and 3pm.
Collection buckets were carried and Mayday badges and other give-aways were available on a table outside of the boathouse, all of which attracted visitors on the harbour.
The crew hoped to raise up to £1,000 for RNLI funds, which had suffered due to the pandemic. They exceeded this, and thanks to Barclays Bank who match funded the event, the final total was in excess of £2,500.
The crew would like to thank all of the public who supported the event by making generous donations. Sadly the day remained affected by sea fret, which did keep the crew slightly cooler while on their circuits than the sunshine may have done.
The event was conducted in a Covid-19 safe secure manner with the Shannon launch tractor and the new Shannon and inshore class lifeboats partially on display for the public.
The crew while not involved in the circuits, were kept busy engaging with the public and answering questions about the new lifeboat and its launching apparatus. Even Tractor Operator Susan Calvert’s two Labrador dogs, Cassie and Yodie showed their support by wearing RNLI bandanas.
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