Lifeboat raises welcome funds during SOS weekend

Members of the RNLI crew at Arbroath took to the water on Sunday to swim the 22 miles to the Bell Rock lighthouse and back to mark the launch of the Year of the Light. About 16 of the crew managed the swim in about one and a half hours.
Members of the RNLI crew at Arbroath took to the water on Sunday to swim the 22 miles to the Bell Rock lighthouse and back to mark the launch of the Year of the Light. About 16 of the crew managed the swim in about one and a half hours.

THE ARBROATH RNLI raised almost £5,000 during their annual SOS fund-raising weekend.

On Friday night, the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild hosted a ‘Sell Our Stuff’ auction in the Meadowbank. Then on Sunday the lifeboat crew took part in a ‘Sink Or Swim’ challenge.

In honour of the Year of the Light, the crew swam a relay of 22 miles in the pool at Arbroath Sports Centre.

The length represents the distance between the Harbour and the Bell Rock lighthouse and back.

Family and friends cheered on the 16-strong team with swimmers taking it in turns to help cover the distance to the Bell Rock, raising around £3,000 in the process.

On Friday at the Meadowbank, the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild held an auction and then a silent auction, which has been described as one of the very best Arbroath RNLI fund-raising events ever.

There was much friendly banter, cajoling and lots of encouragement during this very successful evening.

Steven Dewar, the brilliant auctioneer in charge, kept the excitement going with his highly entertaining “professional patter” and tales of his long involvement with the bidding, buying and selling process.

Ann Watt, treasurer, estimates that £1,902.70 was taken in on the night.

Barbara Cargill, Guild president, thanked everyone who was involved in the planning, the organising, those who helped out on the night and, of course, all those who supported the event.

There were many items for auction, including a painting donated by Irene Halliday, a creel style wine rack crafted by Neil Tilley and many, many more.

The Lifeboat Guild also extended their thanks to everyone who donated items which made the evening such a great success and to Niall Milne for the use of the Meadowbank Inn.