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Portpatrick RNLI gift shop volunteers raise sufficient funds to support 50 crew

Lifeboats News Release

Portpatrick RNLI shop volunteers celebrated raising over £70,000 in life saving funds in 2022.

Portpatrick RNLI Gift Shop volunteers together with Ian Beck (Back row left) Chairman of Portpatrick RNLI

RNLI/Jeanette Hardy

Portpatrick RNLI Gift Shop volunteers together with Ian Beck (Back row left) Chairman of Portpatrick RNLI

This outstanding amount equates to the annual training costs for 50 individual lifeboat crew members and puts the Portpatrick shop volunteers in the top five best performing fundraising shops in Scotland.

Ian Beck, Chairman of Portpatrick Lifeboat, who recently met with the volunteers to congratulate them for their hard work and continued support of the RNLI, said ‘We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers manning the gift shop here in Portpatrick. The monies they raise every year are a great contribution to supporting the RNLI in it’s life saving work’.

Jane O Donnell manager of the shop volunteers in Portpatrick said ‘Myself and the rest of the volunteer staff were extremely pleased with the amount we managed to raise in 2022 and hope to improve on the total in 2023 by opening for more hours. To help us achieve this we would be interested to hear from anyone who is willing to give a little time to help us raise vital funds to save lives at sea’.

To find out more about how you can become part of our fundraising crew go to

rnli.org/onecrewvolunteers

To make a donation to the RNLI visit RNLI.org/support-us/give-money/donate



Notes to editors

· Portpatrick lifeboat station has been operating since 1877. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/portpatrick-lifeboat-station

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