Bridlington RNLI send a big 'thank you' for maritime auction support

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI volunteer crew have sent a message of thanks to all who supported the maritime and general auction at the station last Saturday (18 June), raising almost £5000.

Bridlington RNLI - Thank You Message

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Thank You

Despite the bad forecast, the sun held out all day as hundreds of people attended the auction which was raising vital funds for the station and the volunteers at Bridlington RNLI.

People travelled from far and wide to attend the auction which was kindly hosted by auctioneer for the day Caroline Hawley who is not only an expert on Bargain Hunt but also from Hawley’s Auctioneers, Beverley.

Bridlington RNLI cannot thank Caroline enough for giving up her free time to support the volunteer crew in raising vital funds to keep the RNLI saving lives at sea.

The day started with a presentation from Frank and Jo Cook, two Bridlington Fundraising Volunteers who sponsored personalised navy-blue towels with crew numbers embroidered into them for each of the crew.

Shortly afterwards the Bridlington RNLI chair, Dave Garnett was presented with £300 from Clare Hoggart, whose mum Joan White sadly passed away in April 2022. Joan was formally a Bridlington resident working at Lloyds Hospital for many years. It was Joan’s wish that the money collected at her funeral be donated to Bridlington RNLI.

Amongst the many visitors on the day were the ‘Scarborough Garrison’ who looked spectacular dressed as Star Wars characters and a number of pirates who looked ready to cause a mutiny aboard the Bridlington RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Antony Patrick Jones and cast Coxswain Steve Emmerson into the sea. They were also visited by many of the Steampunk enthusiasts who were in the town on the same day, many who donated to the charity.

The auction was a huge success. One couple who travelled all the way from Boston, Lincolnshire had 52 successful bids including a splendid model of a Liverpool class lifeboat which turned out to be the highest single lot sold on the day.

The volunteer crew had been called into service at 10pm the night before and only returned from sea at 6:30am on the morning of the auction. The same volunteers were in attendance throughout the auction so it was a very busy 24 hours for everyone down at the station. The total raised on the day, which included collections, gifts, brochure sales, auction and refreshments was a staggering £4,806.17.

Bridlington RNLI’s Water Safety Officer said: ‘Auctions are harder to pull together than they look, but the hard work was worth it. We are so grateful for the friends of the station that donated so many interesting lots to auction and the lovely bidders who did us proud’

Caroline in full flow at the Bridlington RNLI Auction

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Caroline Hawley
Frank and Jo Cook Present Towels to Crew of Bridlington RNLI

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Presentation Towels for Crew
Clare Hoggart presents Dave Garnet with cheque

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Joan White Collection
John Hardy from Boston Lincolnshire and his Liverpool Class Model.

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Liverpool Class Lifeboat Model
Scarborough Garrison as Star Wars characters

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Scarborough Garrison

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