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Buckie RNLI benefit from Burghead Boxing Day swim

Lifeboats News Release

Buckie RNLI were one of three beneficiaries of the annual Burghead Boxing Day Swim presented with a fantastic donation of £3,350 each from Jamie Campbell, Swim President on Thursday 4th April

Buckie Fundraising Lead, Rebecca Thomson and Lifeboat Crew, Lorna Cameron receiving a cheque from Jamie Campbell, Swim President

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: Buckie Fundraising Lead, Rebecca Thomson and Lifeboat Crew, Lorna Cameron receiving a cheque from Jamie Campbell, Swim President

Burghead Boxing Day swimmers raised an amazing £10,050 for the 2023 chosen charities, Erskine Veterans Charity - Forres, Moray Befrienders Voluntary Service and Buckie RNLI.

The annual event, which sees brave swimmers jumping from the harbour pier into the cold waters of the North Sea has been running for 38 years and was inspired by a jar of pickled eggs and an RNLI collection tin.

For the residents of Burghead, raising money for the RNLI was thought to be simply a given, and after a rather rough night out on the town the previous evening Lawrence Fraser found himself at the Harbour Inn being dared by the regulars into downing, in one, a pint of super strength pickled egg juice. With the money on the table, and its destination the RNLI collection tin, Lawrence knew he had no other option. He downed the juices and the RNLI were nearly £40 better off as a result.

Although it wasn’t an enjoyable experience, Lawrence thought the price was quite small considering the not inconsiderable sum raised for such a deserving cause, and this led him to thinking how he and his friends could do something a little more enjoyable to raise money for a charity.

Dooking at the pier was thought to be a rite of passage for the boys of Burghead, so seemed the obvious choice, and as nothing else really happens on Boxing Day, the day was decided on.

The first ever Boxing Day Swim at Burghead raised a couple hundred pounds for the RNLI, or ‘lifeboat’ as it was referred to locally, and the rest as they say is history.

Jamie Campbell, Swim President said ‘We are very grateful to all the swimmers, and everyone who came along to support them and the swim on the day. A huge amount was raised, and it will make a big difference to the three chosen charities’

Rebecca Thomson, Fundraising Lead for Buckie RNLI said ‘We are very grateful to everyone involved, especially those who took part in the plunge. The Burghead Swim Committee have raised a fantastic amount of money, and we want to thank them for their kind donation and continued support of the RNLI in saving lives at sea.’

Registration for charities to become beneficiaries of the 2024 swim will open in October.

Notes to editors

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