IT’S been a fantastic 12 months for the Solihull Lifeboat Branch - who managed to raise nearly £13,000.
The sum was collected at various fund raising ventures held around the borough throughout 2008. The total was £3,000 more than was collected during the previous year.
David Herriott, spokesman for the local branch, said: “The RNLI is extremely grateful for this and wishes to extend its sincere thanks to all those who gave their support.
“However, it is anticipated that 2009 will obviously be a difficult year owing to the current recession and as a result, Solihull Lifeboat Branch is appealing for more help at their fundraising events.”
A range of activites are planning this year, including house-to-house visits and supermarket collections. There will also be a major event in Solihull town centre to mark Lifeboat Day.
Although the borough is about as far from the sea as you can get, this has done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of local volunteers. The Solihull branch has strong links with the Abersoch Lifeboat Station - where the RNLB Margaret Bench of Solihull is currently in service. The vessel was funded by Margaret Bench, a Solihull woman who had left money to the charity in her will.
Anyone who would be able to help out the RNLI at local events can call David on 0121 704 9706 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the RNLI and the work they do is available at www.rnli.org.uk.