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Baby "Bea" joins Orkney Sub-Aqua Club in presenting cheque to Kirkwall RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Calendar sales raise funds for RNLI.

Orkney Sub-Aqua club has for the third year running produced a calendar to raise funds for the RNLI. This popular calendar of underwater scenes around Orkney has resulted in a cheque for £221 being presented to the Kirkwall RNLI branch.

A cheque was presented at the lifeboat station on Sunday morning.  Coxswain Stewart Ryrie received the cheque from Club Member Ian Potten. Also there for the presentation were fellow sport divers Penny Martin as well as Ivan and Amy Houston along with their daughter Bea. They all enjoyed a tour of the lifeboat, especially young Bea who was clearly excited to see the boat and to be an RNLI supporter before she can even dive with the club.

Two photos are attached. They show the dive club members and crew on Kirkwall lifeboat Margaret Foster before Sundays exercise. 

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Graeme Smith
Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel.   01856 871207
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Notes to editors
• Kirkwall lifeboat station has been operating since 1974. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

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