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RNLI Woodbridge Branch pleased to resume fundraising

We were very pleased to have been invited to take part in the Deben Summer Festival which took place between 7th – 15th August and on Saturday 14th raised £203.13 for the RNLI.  We were given a warm welcome by volunteers from the Tide Mill Museum, and a helping hand from Antony at Suffolk Coffee Pod, as we struggled with our gazebo on what turned out to be a rather blustery but beautiful day by the River Deben.

Adorning the side of every lifeboat and flying at every lifeboat station, the RNLI flag has been the symbol of saving lives at sea for over a century.   On Saturday 28th August, we held our annual RNLI Flag Day collection in the Thoroughfare, raising an incredible £827.00.

Tony Wilman, Chairman of RNLI Woodbridge Branch commented “I would like to thank all of our collectors and those who generously donated to such a good cause, fundraising has been incredibly difficult during the pandemic, and I was thrilled to see such support.  I would like to thank Susan Thorn and Peter Haffenden for their help in bringing our newest recruit to life, ‘Stormy Stan’ has been designed to hold our new donations card reader and I am pleased to say that ‘he’ took £47.00 on the new machine.  Last but not least, congratulations to our Branch Secretary, Ray Lewis, who collected a record-breaking £257.26.”

Upcoming events include a Co-op collection in Woodbridge on Saturday 16th October and Haven Ports Yacht Club autumn fair on Saturday 30th October at Levington Marina.  We are also delighted to once again be selling RNLI Christmas cards, calendars and diaries at St Mary’s Church Centre, 11 Market Hill, Woodbridge, from Monday 25th October.

To find out more about RNLI Woodbridge Branch, visit http://www.rnliwoodbridge.org.uk/ or call Tony Wilman on 01394 387173.

 

(Pictured L-R Alan Whitfield, Tony Wilman, ‘Stormy Stan’, Ray Lewis, Anne Wright.  Photograph by Caroline Wilman)