Hogmanay Kayak event raises over £1900 for Kirkwall RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A successful event at Hogmanay saw the Kirkwall Kayak Club paddle around Kirkwall harbour lit up in festive lights to fundraise for the local RNLI lifeboat station.

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Paddlers by the RNLI Kirkwall Lifeboat

Crowds gathered to watch the event and enjoy refreshments provided by the local Kirkwall RNLI fundraising team. 15 kayaks paddled round the bay in the unique fundraising event and was enjoyed by the many spectators that attended to support the Kirkwall Kayak Club and Kirkwall RNLI.

The Kirkwall Kayak Club raised over £1100 through the Hogmanay event in aid of Kirkwall RNLI and the RNLI Kirkwall fundraising team received over £800 in donations for refreshments.

Notes to editors

· Kirkwall lifeboat station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/kirkwall-lifeboat-station

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Members of the RNLI Kirkwall fundraising team Shirley Miller, Sheila Scott, Barbara Moodie, Moira Irvine, Sonia Smith, Janis Collet, Patsy Smith. Other fundraisers include Maureen Hume, Ann Harcus, Rosemary Rhodes and Jenny Groat

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Paddlers completing the event

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Paddlers starting the event at Hatston

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Crowds watching the event at Kirkwall RNLI station

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Paddlers in the event

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