15 years in a football kit helps to fund lifesaving kit at Macduff
This years RNLI Mayday fundraising campaign, ‘do your bit, fund our kit’, received a welcome boost in Macduff recently when local footballer Graeme Watt visited the station.
Graeme who has played for Banff based Deveronvale FC for 15 years was honoured by the club on reaching this milestone with a very successful testimonial dinner dance held at the Banff Springs Hotel in February.
Graeme decided that some of the funds raised during his testimonial year would be donated to the RNLI in Macduff.
After meeting some of the volunteer crew, viewing the station, boat & launch vehicle and hearing about the work they do in the local area, Graeme handed over a cheque for £4000.
Macduff Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Morrison said of the donation: ‘as with all donations we receive here in Macduff, the money used locally to support our work saving lives at sea.
Roy added: ‘we are grateful to Graeme and Deveronvale for supporting Macduff Lifeboat and we will be using this donation to fund the purchase of kit for some of our newly enrolled volunteers.’
Notes for editors
- Details of the RNLI Mayday fundraising appeal can be found here https://rnli.org/mayday
- RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew.
- Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise.
RNLI media contacts:
Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639 email@example.com
Henry Weaver, Regional Media Manager Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.