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Friends of Whitby RNLI push for 5p pot appeal

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Fundraisers at Whitby Lifeboat Station are hoping to raise enough 5ps to kit out a lifeboat crew member.

Treasure David Johnson counts the donated 5ps with Friends of Whitby Lifeboat fundraisers and crew members

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Treasure David Johnson counts the donated 5ps with Friends of Whitby Lifeboat fundraisers and RNLI crew members
After launching the appeal in the summer of 2016 for small empty jam jars, the Friends Of Whitby Lifeboat, re labelled the jars and distributed them around the town. They asked for people to fill the small jars with their spare 5ps and return them to the lifeboat station.

So far they have had almost donated £900 in 5ps.

Fundraiser Betty Bayliss said: 'We want to say a big thank you to those who initially donated jars, and those who have collected the 5ps, we never expected to raise so much so quickly.

'Our goal is to raise enough money through this appeal to train one volunteer crew member.

'It costs around £1500 in a year to train a crew member and we would love to hit this target through the 5p appeal.

'Remember, once you've dropped your 5ps at the lifeboat station you can take an empty jar back with you and keep on collecting, we're hoping this will become an ongoing way of raising vital funds for the RNLI charity.'

Betty and her crew are still looking for more empty jars too. Your spare jars can be brought to the lifeboat station where the volunteers will clean the labels off and re brand them.

Notes to editors
Picture shows the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat along with Whitby RNLI crew members counting out the donated 5ps

RNLI Media contacts
For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com





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