WHEN set a challenge to buy new lifejackets for the Royal National Lifeboat Association the Solihull branch of the RNLI did exactly what the lifeboat crews they support do - they leapt into action.
The borough fund raisers chose to adopt the Abersoch station, where the Solihull lifeboat - ‘Margaret of Solihull’ is based.
However so great were their fund raising efforts - they collected a massive £4,480 - they not only managed to kit out the Abersoch crew but also contributed to lifejackets for their comrades at Pwllheli and Moelfre.
Clive Buckley, chairman of the RNLI’s Solihull branch, said: “We are delighted to be able to fund new lifejackets for the crew at Abersoch, with whom we have strong links, as well as the two other nearby stations, thanks to the ongoing generosity of all our supporters in Solihull, to whom we are very grateful.”
The RNLI is funded entirely from voluntary contributions and set the nationwide challenge last year so that every lifeboatman – and woman – would receive new lifejackets, designed to improve buoyancy and manoeuvrability and made from the latest materials.