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Christmas fundraising appeal

Posted Monday 07 December 2020 11:41 am

ChristmasThe RNLI is launching its Christmas appeal after losing millions in income when fundraising activities had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The lifesaving charity has had to spend £1.2m this year to ensure its volunteer lifeboat crews and beach lifeguards had the vital PPE, such as face masks and gloves, to keep them safe. This was money the charity hadn't planned to spend, at a time when RNLI shops were forced to close and fundraising events were called off.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, Scarborough RNLI had to cancel its annual flag and open days and other fundraising events.

Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild had to cancel five lunches at the Red Lea Hotel and a coffee morning with the coxswain at Park Manor Hotel. In addition, the guild's volunteers were due to take part in Scalby Fair, Rotary Fair, a summer fair at the boathouse, an afternoon tea at the Palm Court Hotel, a Xmas fair at Park Manor and a collection at Tesco.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the global pandemic forced the temporary closure of Scarborough RNLI's shop, although it has now reopened, from 11am-3pm Saturdays and 1-3pm Mondays and Tuesdays. Items can also be bought online via:

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said: "We were devastated to have to cancel our fundraising events, especially as it's such a good opportunity to meet our local supporters.

"We've had a very challenging summer, rescuing those in difficulty in the midst of a pandemic", Andy said. "And with foreign holidays being cancelled we've received more visitors to our beaches.

"Throughout the pandemic, the crew at Scarborough have been ready to answer the pager and rescue those in difficulty. We have responded to 31 shouts since lockdown".

Additional PPE and adapting to coronavirus restrictions has been challenging for Scarborough's volunteer crew members and lifeguards. For 2020, the RNLI purchased 6.7m units of coronavirus PPE including almost 700,000 face masks, 2.4m gloves and nearly 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser.

Over the summer, there was a 64% increase in the number of recreational water users aided by RNLI lifeboats.

As a charity, the RNLI relies on the support of the public to continue saving lives. That support is needed now more than ever. Help us brave a wave we never expected. To make a donation to the RNLI's Christmas appeal, visit:

Garforth fundraisers rewarded

Posted Saturday 03 October 2020 09:49 am

Christine Pitchfork with her medal
GarforthGarforth fundraisers rewarded for two centuries of support for RNLI
Fundraisers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Garforth branch who've racked up a combined 200 years volunteering are receiving a series of long service awards from the charity - and the heartfelt thanks of the stations they've supported.
The five volunteers will receive three 40-year and two 30-year medals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the charity's fundraising efforts.
Chair Christine Pitchfork and Secretary Mary Small have volunteered for 41 years (Mary at Cardiff branch for the first six), while Barrie Dodsworth recently stood down after 47 years fulfilling roles including Treasurer, Vice-chair, Souvenir Secretary and Education presenter. Current Treasurer Glynnis Huntington (36 years) and Souvenir Secretary John Huntington (35 years) complete the double century.
Garforth branch was formed in 1966. Its current membership of 13 raise around £10,000 per year for the RNLI. Before Covid-19 restrictions took hold, their activities included holding coffee mornings, race nights, selling souvenirs, home-made cakes and preserves, plant sales with plants grown by green-fingered members and street collections. Two education presenters also give talks on the work on RNLI and water safety to local schools, youth and adult groups.
The branch has held special events to support RNLI stations including Amble, Scarborough, Flamborough and Withersea, provided new kit and equipment for lifeguards at Bridlington and, along with the help of local schools, contributed towards new life jackets for Filey.
Christine Pitchfork, chair of RNLI Garforth branch, said 'It is a tremendous achievement and honour for a small inland branch to have five members receiving well deserved awards, recognising their dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and support towards the vital work of the RNLI.
John Ward, spokesperson for RNLI Filey, said 'We and our sister stations up and down the coast would like offer our congratulations to the five members of Garforth branch on reaching this incredible milestone.
'The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Without the passion and dedication of volunteer fundraisers like Christine and her team we wouldn't be able to continue to save lives at sea.'

Laden Lasses fundraisers visit Scarborough

Posted Saturday 03 October 2020 09:48 am

The Laden Lasses
Laden'The Laden Lifeboat Lasses' stopped at Scarborough Lifeboat Station on their tour of 100 RNLI lifeboat stations by bicycle to raise vital funds to allow us to continue to save lives at sea.
On 7 September, they set off from Poole Lifeboat Station on a 1,500 mile journey around the coast and up to Scarborough. From here they caught a train to Liverpool before heading back down (and around!) the coast of Wales, finally finishing in Minehead at the beginning of October.
Thank you to Beth and Kate for all your efforts and the best of luck for your onward journey!
You can support Beth and Kate by donating via their Just Giving page at

Charity Bike Ride Raises Vital Funds for Scarborough Lifeboat

Posted Monday 24 August 2020 11:40 am

Charity The Leeds Arms in Scarborough and the Marauding Riders complete charity bike ride in aid of Scarborough Lifeboat and Motoneurons Disease.

The Marauding Riders cycled the 50 miles from Acaster Malbis to Scarborough lifeboat station raising £725.50 in aid of the RNLI.

The crew of Scarborough Lifeboat Station would like to personally thank all involved for their incredible efforts and for raising vital funds allowing us to continue to save lives at sea.

'These funds will go towards our continued effort in keeping people safe from the dangers of the sea. Donations help pay for lifesaving equipment, training, the day to day running of the station and much more. It's charitable donations like this that keep the RNLI doing what it does best - saving lives at sea', said Coxswain, Lee Marton.

Our volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and our seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches.

RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824 but we're more than a rescue service. We influence, supervise, and educate people too. Our Community Safety teams explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast. And our international teams work with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning in communities at risk all around the world.

Online shop free postage offer ends soon

Posted Monday 20 July 2020 05:51 pm

Don't forget folks, you have until 31 July to place your postage-free order with the RNLI's online shop.
No minimum spend and there is a great choice of gifts, clothing, household and garden items, as well as greetings and Christmas cards, diaries and calendars.
To receive free postage all you have to do is quote 'Scarborough' in the discount box when paying.
Don't miss out on this offer, as you will be contributing to Scarborough's total of shop-generated sales. We currently stand at number six in the charts of shops who are involved in this initiative.
Thank you on behalf of the Scarborough shop volunteers and the RNLI to all who have made purchases so far.

P & P free shopping online

Posted Monday 29 June 2020 05:19 pm

PWhile many charities are preparing to reopen their fundraising shops, Scarborough RNLI can't, unfortunately.
As most RNLI shops are within lifeboat stations and share facilities with crews, it is not be possible to reopen them. Visits to stations remain strictly limited in order to keep crews operational.
However, from this week, supporters can buy items from the RNLI's online shop at They pay nothing for P&P by using a code which is unique to our station. It can be used until 31 July. The code is simple: Scarborough. This will enable the RNLI to work out how much extra revenue each shop has generated.
A new range of Christmas cards with lots of exciting improvements is available, along with 2021 calendars and diaries.

Over £2,200 has been raised for the RNLI

Posted Saturday 28 March 2020 11:01 am

OverOver £2,200 has been raised for the RNLI in memory of a retired seafarer who loved his life at sea.

Keith Wrightson died in a tragic road accident while walking home after attending a football game in Scarborough on 4 January.

Keith was in the merchant navy throughout his working life and retired as a captain a few years ago.

"He always supported anything to do with the RNLI," says Keith's wife Gill. "We used to buy our Christmas cards at the Scarborough RNLI shop. The charity was close to his heart".

A collection at the funeral raised £670 and a generous lifeboat supporter made a donation of £210 for an unworn pair of Keith's boots. These two sums were donated to Scarborough RNLI. A JustGiving page raised £1,322.17 for the national RNLI.

Gill and her family said they were deeply grateful to everyone who had contributed.

Andy Volans, Scarborough RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, said: "This is a wonderful donation supporting something that Keith held dear to his heart. The station sends our thanks and best wishes to Keith's family in this sad and troubled time. We hope we can thank Mrs Wrightson in person when normal times return".

Tesco donation of £25,000

Posted Thursday 27 February 2020 06:30 pm

Tesco presents cheque to Scarborough RNLI
TescoTesco has donated £25,000 to Scarborough RNLI.
Each time a customer shopped at a Tesco store during the chain's centenary year in 2019, they were offered a token at the checkout. They used the token to vote for one of the charities profiled in store foyers.
Token programme manager Amanda Scrimgeour, Tesco Scarborough team manager Christopher Windsor and staff from Tesco stores in Hull and Driffield visited the lifeboat station to present a cheque. Mr Windsor took his children, Nathan and Jessica.
They are pictured with RNLI personnel Will Watts, Michael Cowper, Mark Jenkinson, Eve Lee, Lee Marton, Phil Chittenden, Colin Woodhead, Andy Volans and Dave Grieves.

Photo by Kay Jackson

Storm Dennis Fails To Dampen Lifeboat Fundraisers

Posted Sunday 16 February 2020 11:09 am

StormConsidering the inclement weather, Scarborough RNLI was delighted to have raised at least £975* at Love Your Lifeboat, at the lifeboathouse yesterday.

The proceeds are still being totted up so the final tally should exceed a grand.

"We had people come from afar just to see our station which shows the hard work behind the scenes really paid off", said one of the organisers, Tabz Nixon.

A constant stream of visitors were shown around the station including both lifeboats and children posed for photos with RNLI mascot Stormy Stan.

* This figure will be updated

(Photo by John Margetts)

Ladies guild coffee morning - Tuesday 24th March 10.30 CANCELLED

Posted Tuesday 04 February 2020 09:52 am

LadiesScarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild fundraiser with coxswain Lee Marton and other crew members.
At Park Manor Hotel, Northstead Manor Drive 10.30-12.00