Largs Lifeboat Fundraising Branch welcomes Charles Hunter-Pease back
The Largs Lifeboat Fundraising Branch welcomed back the RNLI Chairman to speak at the Annual Lunch at the Willowbank last week.
This was his first Fundraising event in Scotland just after taking office in 2013, and the Branch was delighted he accepted another invitation as he completes his term. To mark his retiral which he says “is a handover, not a goodbye”, he was presented with a cake decorated with a model of the Largs lifeboat and the flag, which he cut with Cathy Holgate.
In his after-lunch speech, he spoke of the RNLI being launched in 1824 with the founding of a beach and rescue fleet, and went on to describe its development since—with the different class lifeboats, a seasonal lifeguard service, a flood and rescue service, the building of a Training College and the inroads made into its building and maintenance service, telling some amusing stories along the way. He also highlighted the recent Respect the Water campaign introduced because around 190 people drown in British waters every year and the RNLI are aiming to half this by 2024.
He reminded everyone that none of this would be possible without the volunteers and supporters who work so hard to raise funds and congratulated the Branch on its increasing achievements over the years. He said much comes from leadership which here over the last few years had “been exemplary and second to none”. In recognition of this, he presented Cathy Holgate, who has chaired the Branch for 11 years, with a certificate acknowledging her “invaluable service as a member of the Scottish Council and with the Branch”.
Cathy said everyone really enjoyed the event which raised over £1250. “The meal was excellent, the company enjoyable and Charles is a lively Speaker. I knew nothing about the award which was a complete surprise and I was very proud to receive it from the Chairman in front of so many volunteers and supporters who have worked alongside me over this time. You could say it was the icing on the cake!”
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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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