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.
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 31st May Helensburgh Bowling Club held a fundraising Wappenschaw for Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat. Winners, who were presented with commemorative RNLI spoons, were Eric Wallace (pictured left), Sandra Hosie and Tom Fleming. The Club presented RNLI Volunteer Press Officer Keith Shipman with a cheque for £110.
The Helensburgh Lifeboat Committee annual Fashion Show was once again held on Tuesday 19th April in the Helensburgh Sailing Club. The show was organised by committee member Terry Paterson. Models exhibited the glamorous outfits from Vanity Fair and, as in previous years, the fashion show was a complete sell out raising over £2,500 on the evening thanks to the generosity of those attending.
Thanks go the the models,Vanity Fair for outfits, A Cut Above for hair and make up, GSS for the wine and Ardarden for the lovely plants around the catwalk, and all who generously donated prizes for the raffle. Thanks also to the heroic lifeboat crew who escorted our models on their final walk to make it a spectacular finale.
'Buddies in Boats' is an association of retired submariners from all over the country. On Sunday 8th November members of the Association visited Helensburgh and attended the Remembrance Day service. They then visited Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station and presented Colin Gardiner, station Operations Manager, with a cheque for £400.
On Thursday 10th September, 2015, Ann MacEachern of Helensburgh and District Quilters presented a cheque for £500 to Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Committee. When a member of The Quilters, Moreen Nash, died leaving a quilt unfinished the Quilters finished the quilt and raised £500 when it was raffled. Moreen's sons wished the proceeds be donated to the RNLI.
Mrs Murray from Tarbert is seen being presented with the magnificent quilt by Ann MacEachern.
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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.
(Photographs by courtesy of Carson Somers - click pics to enlarge)
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.