Shannon appeal now over halfway to target
Amble RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat appeal has reached over £132,500 – well over halfway towards its final target.
The Appeal was launched in July 2014 to raise £200,000 towards the cost of the new lifeboat. Fundraising has included many functions and donations received from Northumberland Gazette’s Jam Jar Army Appeal.
Support has also come from Marks and Spencer at Morpeth which has selected Amble RNLI as their charity of the year.
The current appeal total was also boosted by Amble RNLI’s recent Harbour Day.
Katrina Cassidy, Chairperson of the Amble Lifeboat Fundraising Committee, said: ‘I would like to say a massive “thank you” for the support that we have received for the appeal to date, not just from the local community and businesses, but from supporters far and wide.
‘In just 15 months we managed to raise over £125,000 – which is well over halfway towards our target. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the general public and our supporters.
Thanks must also go to the members of our volunteer fundraising committee, who have worked tirelessly to support the appeal.’
Katrina added, ‘Obviously we still have a considerable way to go before we reach our £200,000 target. It would be great to see as many people as possible at our upcoming events and we’d also encourage people to support us by holding fun events of their own in aid of the appeal.’
Upcoming events include a coffee morning on Sunday 15 November at Amble RNLI lifeboat station between 10am and 1pm and a Grande Christmas coffee morning with a raffle and tombola (and hopefully an appearance from RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan) on Sunday 20 December between 10am and 1pm, in conjunction with Amble Harbour Village.
There will also be a street collection in Newcastle on Saturday 19 December by the RNLI Durham branch and all of the proceeds will go towards the appeal.
TSB cake bake supports lifeboat appeal
To celebrate its partnership with the RNLI Amble Lifeboat Shannon Appeal, TSB’s partners and customers raised £210 by holding a Cake Bake in October.
Jane Stilling, manager at the TSB in Amble said: “Our team in Amble thoroughly enjoy getting stuck into fundraising activities and it’s really rewarding to see the impact it is having.”
So far over £650 has been raised by the team for the Shannon Appeal.