Lifeboat fund-raising appeal sails past halfway mark

Amble RNLI's Shannon-class lifeboat appeal has raised more than �125,000.
Amble RNLI's Shannon-class lifeboat appeal has raised more than �125,000.

A major fund-raising appeal in aid of a new lifeboat has collected more than £125,000 – well over halfway towards its target.

Amble RNLI is trying to raise £200,000 towards the cost of a Shannon-class lifeboat. The appeal was launched in July 2014 and fund-raising activities have included coffee mornings, open gardens, a fashion show and an auction of a bespoke handmade quilt.

Donations are also received from the Northumberland Gazette’s Jam Jar Army appeal and support has come from Marks & Spencer at Morpeth, which has selected Amble RNLI as its charity of the year.

The current appeal total was also boosted by Amble RNLI’s recent Harbour Day.

Katrina Cassidy, chairman of the Amble Lifeboat Fund-raising Committee, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you for the fabulous support that we have received for the appeal to date, not just from the local community and businesses, but from supporters far and wide.

“In just 15 months, it’s truly overwhelming that we’ve managed to raise more than £125,000 – which is well over halfway towards our target. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the general public and our supporters. Thanks must also go to the members of our volunteer fund-raising committee, who have worked tirelessly to support the appeal.

“Obviously we still have a considerable way to go before we reach our £200,000 target. It would be great to see as many people as possible at our upcoming events and we’d also encourage people to support us by holding fun events of their own in aid of the appeal.”

Upcoming events include a coffee morning on Sunday, November 15, at Amble RNLI lifeboat station between 10am and 1pm and a grand Christmas coffee morning with a raffle and tombola and hopefully an appearance from RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan, on Sunday, December 20, between 10am and 1pm, in conjunction with Amble Harbour Village.

There will also be a street collection in Newcastle on Saturday, December 19, by the RNLI Durham branch and all of the proceeds will go towards the appeal.