The RNLI Fundraising Teams are the often unsung lifeboat volunteers. They work throughout the year holding fundraising events and rattling collecting boxes on Lifeboat Day. Their tireless efforts are not always noticed by the public but they make a vital contribution to saving lives at sea.
Our iconic Lifeboat Collection Boxes are a valuable continuing source of funding for the RNLI and we are indebted to the many local businesses and organisations who support us by having the boxes in their premises. If any businesses or organisations would like to assist us by displaying a Collection Box, please contact us by sending an email.
On Monday 3rd September 2018 Howard Morrison, Chairman of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat took Will Smith of Sugar Boat Restaurant, Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh out to view the wreck of the "Captayannis", known locally as The Sugar Boat. This is situated on a sandbank in the River Clyde.
Will presented Howard with a a cheque for £1000 raised from the money he has allocated to the RNLI from sales of his bouillabaisse in the restaurant. Howard presented Will with a plaque and certificate in recognition of the donation which will help save lives at sea.
(The Captayannis was a Greek sugar-carrying vessel that sank in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland on the evening of 27 January, 1974. A severe storm caused the vessel to drag her anchor while she was waiting at the Tail of the Bank to deliver sugar to the James Watt Dock in Greenock. Her captain ordered the engines to be started with the intention of running for the more sheltered waters of the Gareloch but before she could be brought to power she drifted onto the taut anchor chains of the BP tanker British Light. The tanker suffered no damage but her anchor chains holed the sugar boat below the waterline, allowing water to pour in. (Wikipedia))
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Despite it being pretty awful November Saturday, Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat fundraising committee had a successful coffee morning in Helensburgh Parish Church Hall raising over £1,300. In addition, hardy street collectors raised £455.
It was a busy week for the fundraisers who, in addition to the coffee morning, also held a tea party for retiring committee members who had 126 years of service between them: Rosemary Lang served for 24 yrs. She also was joint souvenirs secretary for 15 yrs with Annelies Campbell who served 21 yrs. Fiona Aitken served 28 years. Fiona was secretary from 92-97 then chair from 2007-2011. Anne Morrison served 28 years; Angela Shannon 32 years and chair 2002; Elizabeth Irwin 12 yrs; Carol Rowe 9 years.
A wonderful evening of fun and fashion run by Helensburgh RNLI Fundraisers resulted in £2,823.55 being raised to save lives at sea. Those attended were treated to wine and canapés and the ladies strutting their stuff. Our thanks to Helensburgh sailing club for hosting the evening and Vanity Fair for supplying the fashion.
(Photos by courtesy of John McMeeking).
163 intrepid swimmers of all ages joined in the New Year Swim at the RNLI slipway at Rhu Marina on New Year's day. Fortunately the weather was not as bad as had been predicted and was mainly dry with a water temperature of 7.6 degrees. Watched by a crowd of some 500 supporters, a great time was had by all. About £935 was raised for the RNLI and fundraisers served hot soup to everyone who took part. Thanks have to go again to Fiona Howard and Graham Barr for their help with registering the swimmers, the Coastguards for their shoreside safety support, Donald Fullarton for designing the certificates, Alan Cavana of Admin Systems for producing them and also to the Winter Festival Committee for kindly allowing us to use their pedestrian barriers, the Marina for hosting the day and the lifeboat crew who were in the water throughout providing safety for the swimmers and finally - to all who braved the water.
On Friday 10th February the ladies of the Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Committee raised £3,800 cooking and serving a curry supper to 120 guests at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club. The Committee would like to thank the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club and the many local businesses who supported the event. Thanks also go to Loch Lomond Seaplanes for once again donating seaplane tickets.
(Photos courtesy of Carson Somers).
On Wednesday 30th May Helensburgh Bowling Club held their annual Wappenschaw competition in aid of Helensburgh RNLI. Winners were Veronica Bell, Brian Grant and Roberta Lees (shown left to right in the photo with Keith Shipman extreme left) and were presented with RNLI pens.
Club President Roger Jones presented Keith Shipman, Volunteer RNLI press officer, with a cheque for £140.
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Howard Morrison, Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Launching Authority, presented Wizgonies Girls Gillian Rundell (left) and Megan McIlvinney (right) with a Certificate of Thanks for the support of Wizgonies, Balloch for Helensburgh RNLI.
At a similar ceremony Brian Aitken, Helensburgh RNLI Treasurer, presented Mark Tyson of the Royal Bar, West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, with an RNLI Scroll and Shield for the considerable support given to Helensburgh Lifeboat by the bar and its customers.
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RNLI Fundraising Committee member Elma Irwin was presented with an RNLI Certificate of Thanks by Dinkie Fairley in recognition of her hard work in leading major local fundraising events. A scroll was also presented to May Montgomery, Ardarden Estate, in recognition of the support that the estate give to the local RNLI.
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If you think that you can assist with Fundraising for the RNLI, or have a general enquiry about Fundraising activities, please contact:
Mrs Terry Paterson, Helensburgh Fundraising Team Secretary
Mobile: 07591 089 160
In addition to the gifts in the RNLI catalogue, a further range of products is available in RNLI shops nationwide. All profits go towards the lifesaving work of the RNLI.