Eat fish’n’chips and boost the RNLI - there for fishers in peril

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), is calling on people across Scotland to step up to the plate - literally - and host a Fish Supper this Autumn!

It would be held in honour of lifeboat crew-members who frequently miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones, in order to save lives at sea.

And the local Arbroath lifeboat crew is throwing itself into the project with enthusiasm.

The RNLI is encouraging people to host a fish-themed dinner party with friends or family between October 14 and 16, and collect vital funds for the charity which saves lives at sea.

In 2015 alone, the charity’s lifeboats launched 8228 times and its volunteers rescued 7973 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

This includes 348 people who would almost certainly have died if not for being rescued by the RNLI.

Community fund-raising manager Rachel Stewart said: “As the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops it’s a great time of year to invite friends and family round for a fish supper.

“The money you raise will be used to train and equip our volunteer crews so they can weather the winter storms.”

Guests are invited to make a donation to the RNLI whilst the host cooks up a storm.

All proceeds from Fish Supper will help provide the best equipment and training for RNLI volunteers.

The importance of togetherness and team spirit is at the heart of the RNLI and is what makes the charity and its volunteers so special.

In 2015 RNLI volunteer crew members missed an estimated nearly 7000 meals to rescue people in need of assistance.

Arbroath lifeboat crew were able to enjoy their fish supper al fresco as they dined out on the deck of their Mersey class all weather lifeboat thanks to local chippy, the Round O Chip Shop.

The Round O are hosting their own fish supper event and donating proceeds to Arbroath Lifeboat Station.

For the Round O, Candice Dryden told the Herald that over these three days, 10 per cent of fish sales will be donated to the RNLI.

For a free fund-raising pack and more information, visit

The website features recipes, party game ideas and even place-name cards to help the party along.

The main weekend for holding a Fish Supper is between October 14 and 16; however, fund-raising events can be held at any time.

The RNLI is asking for donations to be sent in to the charity by November 26.

As well as the Round O, the Cairnie Chipper, under the same ownership, is also taking part.

Any other local establishments are welcome to contact the RNLI to join in.


Main picture, from left, back - Alex Smith, Helen Weir and Richard Talbert: front - Ron Churchill and John Beattie, pictured outside the Round O Chip Shop in Allan Street, Arbroath.

Right, top, Arbroath lifeboat crew, from left,  Ron Churchill, Jamie Robertson, Neil Swankie, John Beattie, Andrew Spence, Peter Anelli and Richard Talbert.

Right, lower, from left - Arbroath lifeboat crew - Andrew Spence, Richard Talbert, Peter Anelli, Neil Swankie, Ron Churchill, Jamie Robertson and John Beattie.