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Santa’s Helpers Deliver For RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kinghorn Lifeboat Station crew members held their Santa Run fundraiser in Kinghorn on Saturday, and it delivered by raising nearly £850 for the RNLI.

Supporters get ready for the Kinghorn RNLI Santa Run

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

2017 Santa run start line

The fun run took place in very cold conditions on Saturday, and the route took in part of the golf course boundary. The one-mile course was designed to be suitable for the whole family.

Adult runners received Santa suits, and younger supporters wore Elf hats for the event, which made for striking scenes in the cloudy weather. Following the event, participants were served pancakes and mince pies at the annual Christmas Fayre in the Church Hall, which was organised by the Station’s Fundraising Committee.

Event organiser, Richard Malcomson was delighted with the support and number of runners. Richard said ‘I’d like to thank everyone who came along. It was one of the coldest days of the year but we still had great fun with nearly 50 people taking part.

‘Like 2016, we had all ages taking part from regular runners to young children being pushed in their prams! It was great to see so many people coming out to take part and support us.

‘Crew member Kerr Milne took the warm getting all the runners do star jumps and press-ups ahead of the run, with everyone joining in the fun.

‘We raised £845 for the RNLI, and coupled with £1,600 collected at the Christmas Fayre, we had a successful day helping to fund the RNLI. It costs around £485,000 per day to run the service around the UK and Ireland.

‘We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the event such a success, including Kinghorn Golf Club who provided facilities for us to register entrants and get the Santas ready.’

Kinghorn Lifeboat station is always looking for new volunteers. If you live in Kinghorn and would like to find out more about joining the crew, please visit the station on a Sunday morning or speak to one of the crew. Experience is not required.

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn
  • Attached photos from the day

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk or Henry Weaver henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or Gemma McDonald at Gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk 07826 900639, or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Cold Santas ready for the run

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

Cold Santas ready for the run
A group of supporters at the Santa Run

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

A group of supporters at the Santa Run
First runner back Chris Russell

RNLI/Neil Chalmers

First runner back Chris Russell

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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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