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2018 Fashion Show at the Helensburgh Sailing Club

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HELENSBURGH FUNDRAISING TEAM (photo courtesy of John McMeeking)

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.


  • Mon 1st Jan (2018) - New Year Swim, Rhu Marina (12 noon).
  • Fri 26th Jan (2018) - Curry Supper in RNCYC.
  • Sat 1st Apr (2017) - Flag Day.
  • Tues 24th Apr (2018) - Fashion Show at Helensburgh Sailing Club.
  • TBA - Charity Christmas Card Sale - United Reform Church (9am - 3pm).
  • TBA - Annual Coffee Morning - Parish Church Hall.
  • TBA - Winter Festival (Colquhoun Square).


2018 Fashion Show

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).

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The 2018 New Year Swim

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.

Curry Supper

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).

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Helensburgh Bowling Club 2018 Wappenshaw

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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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Fundraising Recognition - Wizgonies & the Royal Bar

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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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Fundraising Recognition - Ardarden Estate

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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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Helensburgh Fundraising Team Contact

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

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