SOS call from charity on big fundraising day

PEOPLE in Scarborough have the chance to show their support today for the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards who risk their lives to save others at sea.

Businesses, schools, community groups and individuals throughout the country will be taking part in events to mark the charity’s biggest fundraising day - SOS Day.

Some events take their inspiration from the SOS acronym, with previous fundraising efforts including Singing Our Songs, Supporting Our Scuba and Supping Our Soup.

Scarborough surfers are getting in on the act by holding a Swap Our Surfboard event today and tomorrow at the Cayton Bay Surf Shop.

The idea for the fund raising event is a surfboard recycling scheme in which surfers are being encouraged to take old unwanted surfboards to the shop. And by donating a minimum of £5 to the RNLI they can then take their pick of the other surfboards that have been brought in for recycling.

Matt Jones, who is an RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor in Scarborough, said: “A lot of surfers will have one or two old surfboards lying around at home that they don’t want any more.

“This is a good opportunity for them to get the boards out of their house, see them go to a good home and raise money for a very worthy cause at the same time.

“We are very grateful to the Cayton Bay Surf Shop for hosting this event for us and I’m looking forward to seeing lots of surfers down there. If the conditions are right, we may even get out on the water and try out our new boards.”

Meanwhile, one of Filey’s best known figures is preparing for a close shave.

Town Crier David Bull has pledged to have his famous moustache shaved off for the charity in “the great shave-off” at Filey RNLI lifeboat station.

He said: “My wife Denise is looking forward to it immensely. I shall miss it and think it will take some getting used to but hopefully we will raise lots of money for the RNLI in doing so.”

Mr Bull has worn a moustache for most of his adult life but has allowed his usual trimmed upper-lid adornment to grow unchecked since being appointed Town Crier by Filey Town Council in 2006.

He added: “In the last four years I’ve allowed it to rampage all over my face. In fact, it is now not an average moustache but a ‘moustachio’, which I’m quite proud of.

“I don’t think I’ll be bare-faced for long after SOS Day but I will keep any regrowth to a reasonable length!”

RNLI community fundraising manager Val Nixon said: “The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to fund its lifeboat and lifeguard service and receives no UK Government funding, so events like SOS Day are vital if our volunteers are to go on saving lives at sea.”

For more information on the RNLI’s SOS Day, log onto the charity’s website.