Lochinver RNLI lifeboat station holds record breaking gala day

Lifeboats News Release

The local fundraising guild held their first gala day for three years on Sunday 24 July 2022, at Lochinver harbour. Despite the threat of rain, the event was a huge success, raising £6,800, a record amount of vital funds.

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Karen Stewart and Stormy Stan (volunteer crew Jake Pirie)
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and relies entirely on the generous support of its donors. The last couple of years have presented obstacles to fundraising, so the guild was delighted to be able to return to this annual event.

People started to arrive at the harbour from 12.30pm and the initial trickle quickly became a crowd. All the stalls were soon busy and the barbecue was especially popular. A small army of local volunteers, both lifeboat crew and fundraisers, gave up their time to manage the event.

Many of the local businesses were incredibly generous in donating wonderful prizes for the raffle and together with members of the community, made substantial donations to the RNLI.

Karen Stewart, chairperson of the Lochinver RNLI fundraising guild said: “The response from the community and visitors alike was overwhelming and made the day such a marvellous success.”

Notes to editors

· Lochinver RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1967. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/lochinver-lifeboat-station

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The Raffle stall, Frances Beveridge, Carmen Carillo and Amanda Norman

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The barbecue, Karen Macleod, Heather Macdonald and Bruce Rae

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