organisers holding plates with the ammount raised – RNLI New Brighton crew member Lee Arnall holds the decimal point plate
Author: Bob Warwick
At the last of a series of five luncheons held to raise money in support New Brighton lifeboat station, a group of 58 luncheon guests listened engrossed to the operational experiences of New Brighton lifeboat crew volunteer Lee Arnall.
The highly popular monthly luncheons which started last November were organised by the volunteers of the North Mersey Fundraising Branch of the RNLI and held at the West Lancashire Golf Club in Blundellsands.
Andrew Thompson-Smith Chairman of the fundraisers said ‘We are really pleased to have raised £1200.75 to specifically support our local lifeboat station at New Brighton from our Lifeboat Luncheon proceeds. A big thanks to Lee for taking time off work to come and talk to our guests. It was really appreciated particularly because it helped them to understand the personal aspect of what it means to be an RNLI crew member.’
The Lifeboat Luncheons were part of the North Mersey Fundraising Branch volunteer activities that have raised £10,000 in support of the RNLI the last 12 months. The funds raised have come from store collections at local stores, Sainsbury’s Crosby, Asda Walton, Tesco Litherland and the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle. Sales of RNLI souvenirs, local collection boxes, a coffee morning and street collections have taken place in Crosby, Waterloo and Blundellsands.
The branch volunteers will be out collecting again at Sainsbury’s in Crosby on the 13th April followed by a street collection in Crosby on the 15th June.
Following the luncheon Lee Arnall commented ‘It was a privilege to meet with such a group of passionate and dedicated supporters and be able to give them a first hand insight into what its like to be on the sharp end as a volunteer. The implications for home and work life and the need for an understanding and supportive family and employer when you are on call 24/7. In the end none of the lifesaving activities of the RNLI would be possible without the financial support of the public and for activities of the volunteers around the country like those of the North Mersey Branch’.