Total reaches nearly £50k for lifeboat funds

Arbroath Ladies' Lifeboat Guild held their AGM on Friday. Pictured are (seated) Maureen Fulton, Honorary Secretary; Barbara Cargill, President; Ann Watt, Honorary Treasurer; Mo Morrison, Vice President; (standing) Eric Buick, guest speaker; Lt Col Ian Ballantyne, Chairman, Arbroath Lifeboat Management Group; Alex Smith, Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Arbroath Ladies' Lifeboat Guild held their AGM on Friday. Pictured are (seated) Maureen Fulton, Honorary Secretary; Barbara Cargill, President; Ann Watt, Honorary Treasurer; Mo Morrison, Vice President; (standing) Eric Buick, guest speaker; Lt Col Ian Ballantyne, Chairman, Arbroath Lifeboat Management Group; Alex Smith, Lifeboat Operations Manager.

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Arbroath RNLI’s life-saving efforts have been supported by yet another year of outstanding fundraising from the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild.

Through individual donations, various collections, dinners and much more, the treasurer Ann Watt announced at the Royal British Legion on Friday, May 15, that a grand total, after expenses, of £49,095.65 had been raised over the course of the last 12 months.

“There have been many changes within the RNLI since Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild began fundraising in 1927, but one thing that does not change is the loyalty and generosity of the public in their support,” said president Barbara Cargill.

This year saw particular emphasis put on raising funds for Personal Locator Beacons, in which the aim was that each crew member would be able to wear one. “We are fortunate in having our very generous donors agree to allow their donations to go towards buying these, at a cost of £4500 for our crew,” said Mrs Cargill.

The ladies’ dinner contributed a fantastic £1055.40 to that total with the remaining £3444.60 collected through donations from Royal Artillery Ladies, Montrose SCDC, L. Kinnear, G. Hendry, C. Lyon, Mrs Jones, Robert Seaton, D. McGill, Anchor Bar, L. Potts, Station Bar, Karrie Campbell, L D Raffle, Ld Heads and Tails, Old & Abbey Church and the Arbroath Trefoil Guild.

The crew themselves also contribute to their own Institute with activities including selling hot dogs at Seafest, which raised £1,616.84.

Annual subscriptions remain an important fundraising tool, with an increase from last year of £58.40 taking the total to £1905.90.

Collections for Flag Week raised a significant £3394.44. A regular chunk of the total comes from the ladies’ dinner which this year raised £7721.40.

“We do not forget why we work as hard as we do, to ensure our lifeboat crew are given the very best of all that is required to give confidence in their abilities of saving lives at sea,” said Mrs Cargill.

The Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild office bearers for the coming year are: president, Barbara Cargill; vice-president Mo Morrison; secretary, Maureen Fulton; treasurer, Ann Watt; souvenir secretary, Mary Gerrard; Flag Week convenor, Kath Hughes; collection box secretary, Monica Clark; subscriptions secretary, Lilian Fraser; pyramid box secretary, Jean Wallace; press officer, Susan Ruark.