Lifeboat fundraisers man Christmas Card stall at the Eastgate Centre

Lifeboats News Release

Members of the RNLI Lifeboat crew from Kessock will be back in their annual spot at the Eastgate Centre Inverness next week from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 November 9.30am to 5.00pm.

RNLI/Yvette Kershaw

Shoppers can stock up early on beautiful Christmas cards, souvenirs and stocking fillers with the added bonus of supporting the lifesaving work of the RNLI and in particular their local station in North Kessock.

The stall will be opposite Waterstones and will be manned by volunteers from the RNLI Kessock crew, including fundraisers who have dedicated their time to the charity for many years. This festive shopping opportunity allows the public to make some hassle-free purchases with no need for postage and packaging, so also free from the associated costs to both pocket and the environment.

Alison Marr, Chairman of the North Kessock and Inverness Fundraising Branch says, "We really are delighted to be back as a full crew with a physical presence at this pre-Christmas event at the Eastgate Centre.”

She continues, “As with all charities, we have experienced the most challenging period for fundraising and we appreciate the creative ways the public have continued to support the RNLI. Traditionally the people of Inverness and the surrounding area have given us great support and we really look forward to seeing them again.”

The charity lifeboat at RNLI Kessock has provided a volunteer emergency search and rescue service for 28 years, and has launched to the aid of people in distress in the Moray and Beauly Firth over 30 times in 2021 so far. The money raised by the sale of Christmas souvenirs will contribute vital funds to continue their lifesaving work.

RNLI media contacts

Yvette Kershaw, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07809 116153, yvettekershaw@gmail.com

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

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

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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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.

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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