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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.


  • Tues 1st Jan (2019) - New Year Swim, Rhu Marina (12 noon).
  • Fri 15th Feb (2019) - Curry Supper in RNCYC.
  • Sat 23rd Mar (2019) - Helensburgh Flag Day.
  • Thurs 26th April (2019) - Antiques Roadshow in the HSC.
  • Sat 2nd Nov (2019) - Christmas Card Sale - Parish Church Hall. (Time TBA).
  • Sat 2nd Nov (2019) - Annual Coffee Morning - Parish Church Hall. (Time TBA).
  • TBA - Winter Festival (Colquhoun Square).


An Antiques Roadshow fundraising event will be held in the Helensburgh Sailing Club on Thursday 26th April, 2019, between 10am and 2pm. Well known Antique Specialists from Great Western Auctions will be on hand to value items brought in by members of the public. Tickets to the event will be on sale beforehand and also at the door and will cost £10 to cover the valuation of 3 items plus tea, coffee and cake.

More info to follow.


The 2019 New Year Swim

As is always the case good weather on New Year's Day encourages swimmers and spectators to turn out. 219 hardy 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 excellent (for January) with a tropical water temperature of 7.0 degrees. Watched by a crowd of over 600 supporters, a great time was had by all. As the tide was fairly low for a change, swimmers only had to swim some 20 metres. Over £1,200 was raised for the RNLI with fundraisers serving hot soup to everyone who took part.

Thanks again have to go to Fiona Howard and Graham Barr for their help with registering the swimmers and handing out certificates, the Helensburgh Coastguard Team for their shoreside safety support, Donald Fullarton for designing the certificates and 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 cover for the swimmers and finally - to all who braved the water.

Fundraising Recognition - The Sugar Boat Restaurant, Colquhoun Square

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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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Annual Coffee Morning

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.

Retiring Committee Members

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.

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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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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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