Scarborough RNLI

Saving lives around Scarborough's seas since 1801

Andrew Mcgeown Legacy Fund

‘This station project heralds an exciting era in Scarborough RNLI's rich and long lifesaving history. ’ Andrew Ashton, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager

Andrew Mgeown Legacy Fund logo Andrew's family and friends set up the legacy fund to help raise funds for 'swim safe' courses in Scarborough and the surrounding beaches after after his tragic death, from drowning, in the south bay. Andrew had been walking his dog on a stormy evening in Febuary 2015. The dog went into the water and Andrew tried in vain to rescue him. The Inshore Lifeboat was called out but inspite of valiant efforts in getting Andrew to shore, Andrew lost his life. The ILB helm Ruddi Barman was awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for his and his crews efforts in the rescue. Many of the crew knew Andy and Andy's relatives are now very involved in volunteering for the lifeboat and lifeguard services in Scarborough.

Donna Loveland

Donna Loveland, Andrew's sister who helps run the fund

Donna is Andrew's sister and is instrumental in the work of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.

Swim Safe

Swim Safe runs for three weeks from 5-10 August and 19-23 August at North Bay. It is funded by the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund

  • Swim Safe is a free, fun outdoor swimming and water safety activity for children aged 7 to 14, created by Swim England and the RNLI
  • Swim Safe teaches young people how to stay safe in and around open water and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty
  • Swim England and the RNLI work closely with Swim Wales and a range of local partners to run Swim Safe at more coastal and inland locations than ever
  • The hour-long sessions are led by trained swimming instructors and qualified lifeguards, supported by teams of volunteers
  • Children must be aged 7 to 14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part
  • To find out more and book your child's free place, visit Swim Safe
  • Swim Safe is funded through a partnership between Swim England and the RNLI

Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund News

Queen's Birthday Honour for Scarborough RNLI water safety pioneer

Posted Friday 09 October 2020 10:32 pm

Queen's Scarborough RNLI fundraiser and founder of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund, Donna Loveland, has received a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of her outstanding work in fundraising and water safety.

In February 2015 Andrew McGeown, aged 32, lost his life after entering the North Sea in Scarborough's South Bay whilst attempting to save his dog, Arnold. Donna set up the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund in his name, with the intention of funding the Swim Safe programme in her local area.

Swim Safe was created by Swim England and the RNLI in 2013 to help children aged 7 to14 stay safe while enjoying swimming outdoors through practical sessions offering vital water safety skills, free of charge. From with a single scheme in Cornwall, Swim Safe has grown into a national programme, spanning 30 sites across the UK and helping thousands of children learn how to stay safe in the water.

Swim Safe was established in Scarborough in 2015. Since then, more than 4,500 children have taken part in sessions at Scarborough and Bridlington. Donna's tireless dedication has seen her raise over £45,000 for the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund and Swim Safe whilst also promoting water safety and the dangers of the coast through local awareness campaigns, marketing and school visits.

The birthday honours, which are usually announced in June, have been delayed this year due to the pandemic.

Upon hearing the news of the honour, Donna said: 'It was a real shock, but also a nice surprise that I will be receiving the British Empire Medal. Fundraising in my brother's memory has given my family a positive focus after Andrew's death.

'The Swim Safe programme has been very successful. It's a pleasure to be able to deliver such a valuable programme, and hopefully we will save many lives through the educational sessions. Andrew will always be remembered and loved thanks to the great legacy created with RLNI and Swim England and everyone who has supported us.'

RNLI Chief Executive, Mark Dowie said: 'It is such a delight to see Donna recognised for her hard work and commitment, particularly as we near the end of such a challenging year. Her story truly represents the RNLI values through her dedication, support and courage, helping to keep thousands of children safe along the Yorkshire coast. On behalf of everyone at the RNLI, I send Donna my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude.'

Ashley Jones, Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Manager at Swim England, said: 'Donna's enthusiasm and selflessness are an inspiration to many. She has thoroughly earned this accolade for her commitment to saving lives on the Yorkshire coast, from raising tens of thousands of pounds for the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund to delivering the Swim Safe programme in Scarborough and Bridlington. Donna continually goes above and beyond to enable thousands of youngsters to benefit from free Swim Safe sessions.'

'I am proud and privileged to work alongside such a committed volunteer and everyone at Swim England is thrilled she has been recognised with this deserving honour.'

SwimSafe volunteer awards

Posted Thursday 31 October 2019 03:15 pm

Simon and Donna recieve their awards
SwimSafeTwo members of the Scarborough RNLI team have been awarded with framed certificates recognising their dedication and hard work for the charity's annual Swim Safe campaign and the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.
Simon and Donna Loveland are pictured in the lifeboathouse with their certificates and daughter Ruby, 14, and Donna's brothers, Peter and Gary McGeown, and their parents, Peter and Julie McGeown.

Photo by Jim Rice

Over a thousand children take part in Scarborough Swimsafe

Posted Thursday 22 August 2019 05:53 am

OverAbout a thousand youngsters took advantage of the RNLI's Swim Safe programme in Scarborough this summer.
The borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, visited the RNLI team who were helping with Swim Safe on the north beach.
Mike Kemp of Radio York interviewed several participants for a piece that was broadcast on the station's breakfast show twice.
Swim Safe is for children aged 7-14 to learn vital water-safety skills for free.
They learn how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty in the water.
The fun, hour-long sessions took place at the Beach Management Centre in the north bay.

The money to run the programme were raised as part of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund. Andrew was a well-loved local man who died after going into the water to rescue his dog, despite efforts by Scarborough RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to rescue him.
Children must be able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part. The sessions begin with them receiving water-safety advice on land, before heading into the water for practical tuition with qualified instructors.
Children only need to bring their swim suit and a towel, as all the kit to take part, including wetsuits, swim hats and flotation equipment, is provided. They will get free Swim Safe goodies to take home.
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Helen Peterson says: "Children love swimming outdoors, but it's very different to swimming in a pool, where most children learn to swim. It's essential that children learn where it is safe to swim, how to stay safe and what to do if they get into trouble.
"We want all children to grow up learning these vital life skills. Our partnership with Swim England has enabled us to run these sessions for free. They are a chance for parents and carers to get advice on helping their children stay safe around open water".
Swim England and the RNLI created Swim Safe in 2013. Having grown year on year, it is this year running at 36 beach and inland water locations across England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The programme aims to support the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy's aim of reducing accidental drowning by 50% by 2026.
For more information about Swim Safe, visit

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(Words and photos by Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry)

Three-legged pub crawl Saturday 31 August

Posted Wednesday 14 August 2019 09:54 am

Three-leggedThree legged pub crawl to raise funds for Andrew McGeown legacy fund.
Contact Donna Loveland if interested in taking part.
m: 07719 016 992

Starting at The Cask and finishing at the New Tavern

Thorpe Solicitors Generous Donation

Posted Monday 27 May 2019 05:47 pm

ThorpeStaff at Thorpe & Co Solicitors in Scarborough raised £834.45 through 2018 for the RNLI's Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund. The money raised by the staff was from various events throughout the year, such as Dress Down Days, Biggest Weight Loser, and a Great British Bake Off.
The £834.45 will go towards teachiing children aged from 7 years to 14 years about swimming safely in the sea and open water during August.
Pictured is Donna Loveland, a representative from the RNLI's Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund accepting the cheque from staff at Thorpe & Co Solicitors.
The money will be used to help train children in water safety at Scarborough's two beaches.