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25 years of fundraising success for Islay RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Islay RNLI would like to thank the kind supporters of the RNLI charity on the neighbouring Isle of Colonsay after another successful book fair and coffee afternoon raised £906.40 on the 20th of July.

Thank you to Netta Titterton from Islay RNLI


Thank you to Netta Titterton from Islay RNLI

Originally set up in the pier waiting room, the second-hand book fair has been a mainstay of Colonsay’s summer calendar for 25 years with Netta Titterton at the helm. Along with Lady Strathcona of Colonsay, Netta and fellow islander Rena Frew began the book sale to raise funds for the Islay RNLI charity after Lord Strathcona had to call on the help of Islay RNLI. Having had the Islay RNLI volunteer crew come to the rescue when their boat got into difficulty, Lord and Lady Strathcona wished to pay thanks to the crew and so the book fair began.

Now held in the village hall the event has grown to be more than just books. A few Islay RNLI fundraising volunteers take the daytrip over with an array of RNLI souvenirs and goodies to sell at the fair. From kid's toys and Christmas cards to water bottles and t-shirts, the afternoon is a chance for islanders and visitors to catch up over a cuppa and a browse.

Islay RNLI crew, committee and fundraisers would like to extend a huge thank you to Netta for all her tireless efforts over the years. An extended thank you to all the islanders who have helped in the past and to this year’s volunteers Clare Hay, Carol MacNeill, Shirley Oldroyd, Carol and Donald Paterson, Jenny Bradford and Sally Piper and everyone else on Colonsay for their support, organisation, and tasty baking to help to make it a success. And special mention to Callum who helped get the souvenirs to and from the ferry.

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