Lifeboats smash fundraising target

Pictured is Arbroath Lifeboat Chaplain Rev. Dolly Purnell presenting the cheque for �371.15 raised at Old & Abbey Church on Christmas Eve to lifeboat coxswain Tommy Yule, along with some of the other members of the volunteer crew.
Pictured is Arbroath Lifeboat Chaplain Rev. Dolly Purnell presenting the cheque for �371.15 raised at Old & Abbey Church on Christmas Eve to lifeboat coxswain Tommy Yule, along with some of the other members of the volunteer crew.

Exceeding an already ambitious target the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild has raised over £4,500 needed to provide Personal Locator Beacons’ (PLB) for the local volunteer RNLI crew.

A stream of fantastic fund-raising events held by local businesses and individuals alike during the past year, had taken the amount raised above the impressive £4,000 mark.

On Christmas Eve, a collection by members of the congregation at Old & Abbey Church raised a further £371.15, taking the accumulative total to an amazing £4,609.83.

President of the Ladies’ Guild, Barbara Cargill, paid tribute to the fundraisers.

She said: “It never ceases to amaze me how generous the people of Arbroath and beyond are in terms of the money they raise, time they give and effort they put in.

“This was a very important appeal for us as the Personal Locator Beacons provide that extra bit of protection for the crew when they are at sea.

“So a big thank you to everyone involved!”

These sentiments were echoed by Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, who also expressed his thanks.

He said: “We are extremely fortunate here at Arbroath to have such a committed Ladies’ Guild, who put in a huge amount of time and effort.

“We are also extremely lucky to have such a generous community around us.

“As a result of the fund-raising over the past few months, we will be able to provide the crew with PLB’s which will greatly enhance their personal safety when they are at sea.”

PLB’s provide the crew with additional protection when afloat.

The small, hand held devices can be stowed securely in a lifejacket flare pocket, providing instant ease of access if a member of the crew needs to activate it quickly.

The devices work using a Global Positioning System or GPS signal. If a person activates the PLB when they fall overboard and into the water it produces a signal.

This in turn alerts a Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, who can facilitate help.