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An evening of food and fun raises £837 for Longhope RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Local resident and business owner, Emily Smith, has raised £837 for the RNLI, by hosting a fundraising event in her restaurant on the island of Hoy.

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Emily Smith

The picturesque Millbay on the island of Hoy hosts Emily’s, a small restaurant and gift shop owned and managed by Emily Smith, which serves high quality dishes made from locally sourced ingredients; paired with a cocktail or two, if it takes your fancy.

The RNLI is a charity that relies wholly on the generosity of the public to ensure that our volunteer crews have all the relevant equipment required to enable them to continue to save lives at sea.

On 27 April 2024, after months of meticulous planning, Emily, supported by volunteers, welcomed sixteen guests to her restaurant for an evening of food and fun in support of the RNLI. The evening featured a fantastic menu headlined by a balsamic slow cooked beef dish, with the beef generously supplied by Flett’s Butchers, leaving guests satisfied with empty plates all around.

The evening was full of laughter and fun featuring a challenging yet enjoyable three-round quiz, described by Emily as 'a hit.’ Prizes for the quiz and raffle were generously donated by longstanding local business partners to Emily's, including vouchers and chutneys from Fletts Butchers, wine from Kirkness and Gorie, and vouchers from Pierowall Fish and Emily’s. Emily stated, ‘I asked some of the businesses I’ve worked with for years and they were only too willing to support the evening’.

The evening was a success and a delighted Emily said, ‘What a joy to host my first RNLI fundraising event at Emily’s. I hope it is the start of a yearly tradition! A big thank you to the sixteen guests who booked into the event and supported such a good cause. Without you this event would not have been a success. A special thanks to the local businesses for gifting some lovely raffle prizes and an extra thanks to Fletts for donating the beef for the night. Lastly thank you to Derek and Helen (aka Mum and Dad) for stepping in to help with the quiz, serving, clearing, general dogsbody and entertainment! With profit from the night, raffles, tickets, pin badges and donations the night raised £850!’

Deanna Johnston, who attended with her husband Scott Johnston (Coxswain Longhope Lifeboat) said, ‘Emily opened the doors for an evening of fantastic, locally sourced food, entertainment and great frivolity, with many well considered special touches such as RNLI bunting and exquisitely dressed tables. It was evident that Emily, Derek and Helen had gone to a great deal of effort to ensure and enjoyable evening was had by all. Scott and I would like to sincerely thank all involved, including the local businesses for their generous contributions and the other guests for their attendance and for contributing towards the fundraising pot with and extra special heartfelt thank you to Emily, Derek and Helen for a wonderful evening. We’ll be back next year!’

Notes to editors

· Longhope lifeboat station has been operating since 1874 and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2024. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: Longhope Lifeboat Station (

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Menu for the evening

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The view over the beautiful Millbay

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A selection of the evenings prizes

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The cocktail lounge, made ready and welcoming for guests

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