Fundraising at the heart of the RNLI
‘No one has ever become poor from giving. ’ Anne Frank
Perfect Storm - winter 2019 appeal
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'More people than ever need our help, at Christmas and every other day of the year,' says Steve King, Helm at Tower Lifeboat Station on the River Thames. 'People are still drowning so we need to invest more in training crews, upgrading equipment and improving lifeboats. But we're a charity, and our income has gone down.'
Whether they save lives at sea or on rivers and lakes, crew members like Steve are facing a Perfect Storm. While the demand on our services has grown, our income has gone down due to the economic climate and a drop in money received from supporters' Wills. Volunteers around the UK and Ireland are waiting for updated equipment and facilities. Your Christmas donation today will help provide everything they need ' you could help save the next life.
For every bag of coffee sold, Nick Hartley of Baytown Coffee in Whitby is donating Â£1 to Scarborough RNLI. He is also giving the crew a bag of coffee a month. The lifeboat team are also grateful to Stephen Hallam of Dickinson Morris of Melton Mowbray, who supplied pork pies fed to the team on their recent cross-country run from Scarborough to Blackpool.
Scarborough RNLI's cross-country relay team returned to base this afternoon after running 145 miles from their lifeboathouse to Blackpool's.
A dozen crew members completed the run inside 24 hours, five less than they thought it would take.
On their return, they were greeted by colleagues who also showed visitors around the lifeboathouse.
Made it in under 24 hours!
Pictures and videos to follow.
It's just gone 18:00hrs and Area Lifesaving Manager, Dave Scott, has started his run just outside Blubberhouses. We're very sorry if you're caught up in that line of traffic, it's for a very good cause! All donations go towards saving lives at sea!
See donation page link below.
We've just reached Knaresborough and ILB Senior Helm / ALB Mechanic, Matt Marks has taken over! Show him some support!
Going at last
And they're off! After months of preparation, the 145-mile Scarborough to Blackpool relay run by Scarborough lifeboat crew set off in the dark at 7am today. Coxswain Lee Marton and deputy launching authority John Senior were interviewed live on air by BBC Radio York's Mike Kemp a few minutes before they left. The team was in high spirits. Pete McGeown was first to run, taking the steep Stepney Hill on the outskirts of town in his stride. Accompanied by three support vehicles, the team are taking it in turns to run from Scarborough lifeboat station to Blackpool's. They are each running about 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period today and tomorrow. Anyone who would like to make a donation should go to the Justgiving website and search for Scarborough to Blackpool or Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.
Ready for off
A dozen Scarborough lifeboat crew have been training intensively for a 145-mile relay run from their lifeboat station to Blackpool's.
With less than a week to go, the runners are keen to get as fit as they can, to raise funds for the RNLI.
They will take turns to run 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period on 18 and 19 October.
Operation Scarblack, as it has been dubbed, will be a tough challenge as it passes through the Yorkshire Dales.
Two support vehicles will accompany the runners, one at the front, one at the back. The first one belongs to the RNLI; the second has been loaned by Scarborough Lions.
Live progress reports will be posted on this Facebook page.
Anyone who would like to chip in should go to the Justgiving website and search for Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.
The photos show some of the runners in training on the beach, along with minibus drivers Erik Woolcott and Phil Chittenden.
If you want to pledge / donate money please go to Just Giving website (opens in new window or tab)