Vital funds raised to keep charity afloat

Lifeboat Day at Scarborough Lifeboathouse.Visitors enjoy the spectacle..Picture Richard Ponter 123042c
Lifeboat Day at Scarborough Lifeboathouse.Visitors enjoy the spectacle..Picture Richard Ponter 123042c

Hundreds of people flocked to South Bay to lend their support to one of Scarborough’s most beloved charities.

The Scarborough RNLI launched their lifeboat on Saturday afternoon, after holding their traditional Flag Day event the day before.

And supporters were out in force throughout the town over the weekend, collecting much-needed change to help keep the charity afloat for another year.

The two events took place despite the annual Lifeboat Weekend being cancelled just a few weeks earlier, a move which left organisers “heartbroken”.

The event was axed after 22 years, after changes to the RNLI funding structure resulted in the Scarborough Lifeboat Support Club, the charities chief fundraising group, voting to fold.

It meant that traditional events, such as the pier jump and live bands on the beach, were shelved.

However, despite the setback, an RNLI spokesperson confirmed that almost £3,000 was still raised over the weekend.

And Scarborough Mayor, Cllr Helen Mallory, said that it was vital that people in the town still support the charity.

She said: “I think it’s very important that we all support them and remember that these are brave volunteers that do a fantastic job saving lives.”

And for many of those watching the lifeboat launch on Saturday, there’s no danger that they will forget the selfless work of the brave volunteers.

Haley Pickles, from Seamer, was watching with her nephew George. She said: “My great-grandfather was shipwrecked three times, so we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.

“We always support them and they really do a great job, they are a really brave group.”

Colin Woodhead, Chairman of the Scarborough branch, added: “I would just like to personally thank all the volunteers throughout the town for their efforts, along with members of the public for their tremendous fundraising efforts.”