Despite another difficult year for fundraising and as restrictions began to be relaxed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anderby Creek charity handed over a check for a substantial sum of Â£ 5,000 at RNLI Mablethorpe on Saturday 23 October.
The presentation took place at The Creek Tavern in Anderby Creek as part of the end of season celebrations and was attended by members of the RNLI volunteer team and members of the community group.
The Anderby Creek Charity has raised over Â£ 80,000 for the RNLI in Mablethorpe since its inception over 20 years ago. These funds were raised with the support of Springs Estates, which allows the group to use their land to host table sales, fun days and other outdoor events, as well as The Creek Tavern which hosts bingo nights. weekly on Wednesdays and which supports all group fundraising activities. The annual fund presentation at RNLI Mablethorpe is usually one of their main events.
As restrictions began to ease, the group was able to start some of their regular fundraising activities, while maintaining government COVID-19 safety rules. These included a fundraising day and dog show, table sales, regular bingo nights, and cake stands, with raffles and raffles also helping to raise funds.
As with any charity, the RNLI and Mablethorpe Lifeboat depend on the efforts of those who work tirelessly to support the institution and its volunteer teams, not only the volunteer fundraisers within the organization, but also those who support the RNLI from outside.
Mark Chambers, Deputy Launch Authority at RNLI Mablethorpe, said: âWe are extremely grateful to the Anderby Creek Charity for their very generous donations resulting from the hard work they have put into their fundraising activities in our name. Fundraising efforts like this demonstrate the commitment to ourselves that the local community has, especially during these very difficult years. The kindness and generosity of our fundraisers are used to train and equip our crew to enable us to continue our mission of saving lives at sea. ‘
Gail Gammond, chairman of the Anderby Creek Charity, added, âWe are all very passionate about the work of the RNLI given where we live on the coast when there are multiple incidents, especially during the summer when the RNLI is called in to help vacation makers who are in trouble in local waters. They are our first point of call and we are very happy to raise funds to help them continue their wonderful work in the community. It is vitally important to us that we support our local RNLI crew as we know how precious they are to us and to those who come to stay here. Since the RNLI is not government funded, every penny we can raise to support them in their valuable work is time well spent.
Nikki Wrench, Community Manager for East Midlands and Lincolnshire, added: ‘The entire Mablethorpe RNLI team are so grateful that the Anderby Creek Community Group has continued to support our rescue work and raised an additional Â£ 5,000 this year. The Â£ 80,000 raised in 20 years is absolutely incredible and we cannot thank them enough for their continued support. We really couldn’t continue doing what we are doing without lifeguards like the Anderby Creek Community Group by our side.
For more information, please contact Debbie Kendrick, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07504 713092 or email [email protected]
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