Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2017 Success

Lifeboats News Release

Newbiggin's Ladies Fundraising team had a successful Lifeboat Day event at the boathouse and adjacent areas this afternoon which raised over £3000.

Newbiggin lifeboat moves up to the reef area to assist the casualty

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin recovers casualty from reef

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station are celebrating a successful afternoon of fundraising during which over £3000 was raised.

The afternoon saw a variety of stalls giving brisk trade to hundreds of supporters who had come along for this major event in Newbiggin's summer calendar. Stalls including souvenirs, tombola, home made cards, nearly new, bric a brac, raffle and home made cakes enjoyed a roaring trade with stock cleared out. Elsewhere in the main arena there was live music by Koast Radio 106.6FM along with a hook a duck and bouncy castle. The Ladies fundraising team also kept the visitor's appetite for home made cakes and refreshments going throughout the afternoon within the boathouse. On the promenade a stall was set up to give further information about the lifeboat service as well as the various initiatives associated with 'respect the water'.

At sea Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat and kept the visitors entertained with rescue demonstrations in the Newbiggin Bay area.

With the afternoon concluding the various raffles and competition results were announced with all prizes claimed on the day. A full list of winning tickets and prizes is on display outside the lifeboat station.

Anne Main from the Newbiggin Ladies Lifeboat Fundraising Team commented ' on behalf of the volunteers at Newbiggin lifeboat station can I send out a big thank you to everyone who has made this local fundraising event such a success today, it is greatly appreciated by us all - on top of that the weather was kind to us and the predicted showers stayed away.'

ENDS

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin2@rnli.org.uk or Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

Newbiggin lifeboat moves to the reef area to assist the casualty

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat near to the 'Couple'
Newbiggin lifeboat recovers the casualty from the sea

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat recovers the casualty from the sea
Newbiggin's bouncy castle was particularly popular

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin lifeboat day entertainment
Newbiggin's fundraisers at their stalls

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin fundraisers enjoy brisk trade
Newbiggin boathouse and the popular sweet stall

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin boathouse and the popular sweet stall

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