Sink Our Ship, preferably with donations!


Crewmen from the Dart lifeboat manned a liferaft in the Dartmouth Boatfloat last Saturday. It was in aid of the annual RNLI SOS fundraising event. This year locally raised money will go towards the on-going costs of running the Dart station. It will help towards meeting the costs of items such as fuel, training and re-supplying items used on rescues, such as First Aid materials.
An anonymous donor bid £100 to inflate the liferaft and then passed the honour to the children of the lifeboat crew. The liferaft was donated for the day by Ocean Safety of Plymouth. Once it was in the water the crew reached it by jumping off the Boatfloat Bridge and swimming to the craft, where they scrambled aboard. Members of the public made donations by rolling coins down a tube to the craft. In all over £300 was raised. Photos of the event are in the Photo Gallery under SOS 2013.
SOS events have been held throughout the week. The Education team who took the Beach Safety message to all the Primary schools in Totnes last summer have been revisiting the schools, and those in Dartmouth, to tell them about the Dartmouth volunteer’s achievements in the last year. The schools will have a non -school uniform day to support SOS. Last year the schools raised enough for one of the five newly designed lifejackets for the Dart crew.
On 25th and 26th £5 will be donated for every steak eaten at the Ship in Dock Inn and on Saturday 26th the Dart lifeboat station itself will be open from 11am. As well as food and refreshments there will be souvenirs and an assortment of stalls to visit, as well as the chance to listen to the live band Storm UK.

Posted on Sat 19 Jan 2013 by

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