Jul 282015

Local support helps raise funds to help save lives at sea.

A week of events organised by the North Berwick and Gullane fundraising branch of the RNLI and the volunteer crew received tremendous support from local businesses as well as members of the public.

RNLI Ducks at North Berwick

RNLI Ducks at North Berwick

On Sunday (19th) 500 RNLI ducks were released into the old boating pond in North Berwick. After a windblown race a winner was chosen and one lucky person won £100, and the even raised over £900 for the RNLI.

On Thursday (23rd) twenty three teams of Golfers took to Gullane golf courses’ numbers two and three for the annual RNLI Gullane Golf Triam together raising over £1600.

And on Saturday (25th) the Lifeboat crew held their annual lifeboat fete raising over £2000. A parade of emergency services and classic cars lead by North Berwick Pipe band through the high street kicked things off.

The Fete was opened by Sir Hew Dalrymple and the Lifeboat Queen Katie Johnston and her attendants Amy Watson and Amy Cockburn were crowned by Helen Hanson trustee of the Miss Evelyn M Murdoch Charitable Trust. Local business contributed prizes for the raffle or brought their own stall along. Thousands of fete goers passed through and were treated to aerobatics displays and a flyby from the Red Arrows.

The crew were called away from clearing up after the fete as their pagers were set off by the Coastguard. The volunteer crew launched to assist Dunbar Lifeboat towing a fishing vessel with a fowled propeller into North Berwick. The tow was transferred to North Berwick lifeboat and the casualty vessel secured alongside so that the propeller could be freed and the vessel continue on their way.

Chairman of the North Berwick and Gullan Fundraising branch, Peter Hammond said: “The generosity shown by members of the local community was as usual second to none and we can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. No matter how big or small, your donation can make a huge difference to the RNLI.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager Stewart Auld said: “Local support for the RNLI is vital to enable the crew here in North Berwick to continue to launch to those in difficulty at sea.” Funds are used to ensure the correct equipment is on station (the cost of a crewmembers kit in 2014 was £1678) and to fund training new and existing crewmembers (annual cost of £1527).