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Street collection for Mayday appeal in North Berwick

Lifeboats News Release

A street collection will be held in the High Street in North Berwick and the Main Street in Gullane on Saturday 30 April 2016 from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

It is organised  by North Berwick and Gullane RNLI Fundraising Branch and North Berwick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is a charity funded entirely by the generosity of its supporters. The Mayday campaign was launched last year with the intention to become the annual, national fundraiser. It is based around the humble yellow welly. As with all the crew’s personal protective equipment, the welly is funded by donations. It enables the crew to remain sure-footed whilst on rescues and keeps their feet warm and dry.

As you can see our supporters come in all shapes and sizes. Sweep bought his yellow wellies in the North Berwick RNLI shop. Again staffed by volunteers raising money to help save lives at sea. Last year RNLI crews saved 348 lives.

How can you help us? Please give whatever you can big or small and make a real difference. You will also receive an enamelled metal yellow welly badge to show you are supporting our volunteers.

If you have a bit of spare time on your hands we are always looking for volunteers to help in the shop or to help at our fundraising events throughout the year. These fundraisers take the form of coffee mornings; quiz nights, annual fete, raft race, street collections and golf event to name but a few.

RNLI Photograph: Sweep and his yellow wellies, taken by Rhona Meikle.

RNLI media contacts: Rhona Meikle, volunteer lifeboat press officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023, rhonameikle@care4free.net

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland