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A successful RNLI Longhope Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

A marvellous day and an impressive £786.18 raised for the RNLI

Two crew members being winched into helicopter

RNLI/Mary Harris

Combined exercise with Shetland Coastguard SAR

RNLI Longhope would like to thank all the folk, both locals and visitors, who came down to the station to support us on Sunday 1 July. The weather was kind and the ice creams melted in no time. The guild worked hard as usual supplying teas, scrumptious home bakes and cakes. £154.05 was also taken in the lifeboat shop from the sales of souvenirs etc. Visitors were welcomed on board the lifeboat and to meet the crew.

The crew muster room temporally became the competitions room and it was quite amusing to see the yellow wellies, lifejackets and oilskins sharing space with tables laden with prizes ranging from knitted bed socks, bubble bath, sweeties, fluffy toys etc.

During the afternoon the lifeboat launched on exercise and was joined by the Shetland Coastguard SAR helicopter. Once again the exercise proved to be breathtaking and exciting as the two services combined to practise winching crew members from the deck into the helicopter while the lifeboat continued travelling at full speed. A truly awesome sight.

The finale to the day was the return of our local rowing team who had completed a gruelling marathon row to Moaness and back again raising funds for the RNLI and The Hoy and Walls Rowing Club. What a fantastic achievement for the team.

A special thank you to Bob Simpson from Stromness who arrived heavily laden with raffle prizes. Bob, with help from Anna Bain and Mark, has raised for the RNLI a staggering grand total of £4714.12 from the sale of used stamps, cameras and old bank notes! So please keep those stamps coming.

So once again we would like to thank our loyal supporters for such a generous response, the Lifeboat Guild for all the hard work, the community bakers for boosting the home bakes, Hoy Coastguards, our volunteer lifeboat crew and Shetland Coastguard SAR. For such a small community raising £786.18 is incredible, I think we all did very well.

Happy customers at the Lifeboat Guild teas and cakes

RNLI/Mary Harris

Happy customers at the Lifeboat Guild teas and cakes
Crew member in sea holding smoking flare in man overboard exercise

RNLI/Mary Harris

Man overboard exercise

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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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