20th anniversary for Folk Week RNLI fundraiser at the Endeavour.

Lifeboats News Release

Over the years the event is estimated to have raised over £50,000

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Volunteers from whitby RNLI at the Endeavour Pub in Whitby with landlady Maria Taylor and fundraisers Jim Mageean and Graeme Knight
The Endeavour Lunchtime Shanty Sessions have been running at The Endeavour pub in Whitby for 20 years this year.

The sessions are hosted by Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights - who are well known in the folk world. In fact Jim has been ringing at Whitby Folk Week for 50 years.

What started as a small chance to fundraise for the RNLI has become a folk Week institution, where everyday they raffle a variety of prizes from the good to the rubbish!, organise collections, sweep stakes and auctions of donated gifts.

Landlady Maria Taylor, who is a regular fundraiser for the RNLI said:

'The last session ends with a never ending song where people add notes to the collection for them to keep adding a verse to the song - this raised £280 alone on the final day.

This year has raised and incredible £3037.53 & over the years we estimate they have raised nearly £50,000.'

Whitby RNLI Coxswain said: 'It is a staggering amount of money to raise in a week - thank you to the organisers as well as every person who donated. Your contributions help us to continue to save lives at sea.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428

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