Julie launches her latest book at Whitstable RNLI
Whitstable author Julie Wassmer launched her latest book in the Whitstable Pearl Mystery series at Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat station on Thursday evening with all the ticket proceeds going to the station.
Said Julie “It was Kellie Gray, Chair of Fundraising at Whitstable RNLI who had first suggested I could use the lifeboat station as a venue for my event after she had contacted me almost a year ago to ask for help with gathering prizes for an exclusive fundraising raffle she was organising. I was happy to donate a collection of my books and to rustle up more donations, including from Acorn TV, the makers of the TV series based on my books Whitstable Pearl who kindly gave 10 prizes of a year’s free subscription to their streaming service. Local restaurants, jewellers, local shops and businesses all responded to requests for contributions with the result that £1,000 was raised in raffle ticket sales, a sum matched by Barclays Bank, which doubled the final total to £2,000”.
“I had always recognised this special evening to be a partnership and so I had also suggested to Kellie that a speaker from the RNLI should come along to explain about the important work the charity undertakes. RNLI Community Presenter, Gerry Skinner, duly arrived and gave an enlightening talk, clarifying how the RNLI is funded wholly by public donations, receiving no funds at all from the government, and explaining that the charity wishes to remain independent of the government so that it remains under no pressure to change the way it operates”.
Kellie Gray Whitstable RNLI Chair of Fundraising said “We are tremendously grateful to Julie for her efforts on our behalf, with her help with prizes for our exclusive raffle earlier and for agreeing to launch her latest book at the station. It made a very interesting and popular evening and something different to our regular events at the station. I am pleased to report that the evening made a further £500 for the station and once again many thanks to Julie for her support and to those who attended and helped out at the event”.
Notes to editors
Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.
The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.
She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.
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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 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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