Whitstable Easter draw and Mayday fair raise funds for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Whitstable Lifeboat station were unable to hold their usual Easter Fair for the 3rd year running so had to think of other way to raises funds and opted for an Easter Draw with tickets on sale from 1st March until the Bank Holiday Monday.

Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Pat Todd makes the draw for the Whitstable RNLI Easter raffle.

Andrew Hastings.

Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Pat Todd makes the draw for the Whitstable RNLI Easter raffle.
Kellie Gray, chair of the Whitstable fundraising branch said “It seemed a big ask of the fundraising team to sell 1000 tickets so many thanks to all our supporters and to the local businesses that got behind this event and donated some amazing prizes that included signed books from local author Julie Wassmer, vouchers from both JoJo restaurant, and Samphire restaurant, a framed photo from local photographer Andrew Hastings and jewellery from Samson & Coles. The total raised was just short of a £1000 a great result”.

“In addition to support the RNLI annual fundraising promotion during the month of May we decided to support the national effort with a Mayday fair on the May Bank Holiday Monday (May 2nd )”.

“The volunteers turned out on a lovely Mayday morning and raised an amazing £720 together with a good day in the RNLI shop with raised a further £533. Thank you to all for your wonderful contribution towards saving lives at sea”.

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