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Guild raise almost £60K for lifeboat

Great guild: Pictured at the Arbroath Ladies Lifeboat Guild on Friday are from left, standing - Peter Hooton, Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager; Ian Ballantyne, Arbroath Lifeboat management group; and Rev. Dolly Purnell. Seated - Karen E. Hooton, guest speaker; Maureen Fulton, honorary secretary; Barbara Cargill, president; Ann Watt, honorary treasurer; and Mo Morrison, vice-president.

Great guild: Pictured at the Arbroath Ladies Lifeboat Guild on Friday are from left, standing - Peter Hooton, Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager; Ian Ballantyne, Arbroath Lifeboat management group; and Rev. Dolly Purnell. Seated - Karen E. Hooton, guest speaker; Maureen Fulton, honorary secretary; Barbara Cargill, president; Ann Watt, honorary treasurer; and Mo Morrison, vice-president.

It was revealed last week that the community has given nearly £60,000 to support the upkeep of the Arbroath Lifeboat and its operations.

At the annual general meeting of the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild on Friday in the Royal British Legion Scotland function suite on Helen Street, treasurer Ann Watt reported that a grand total, after expenses, of £58, 852.80, had been raised over the course of the last 12 months.

Of this total, the guild members raised £32,107.49 from a number of events. Big contributors included the ladies’ dinner at the Meadowbank Inn last June which raised £9,253.10.

A fashion show hosted by Broughty Ferry clothing retailer Karen B brought in a further £2,707 and the £5 Challenge realised £2,289.72.

Annual subscriptions remain an important fund-raising tool, with £1,847.50 brought in, while the traditional Flag Day raised £2,492.14, and despite changing the format of the Flag Week collections which had an impact on the final total, £1,415.07 was donated.

The net sales of the RNLI Shop at the Lifeboat Shed came in at £6,125.4.

Other methods of fund-raising included donations, which amounted to £5,958.41, while ‘Fund-raising Friends’ brought in £10,617.30.

The lifeboat crew themselves pitched in as always and raised a total of £3,604.48 through various means.

President Barbara Cargill said: “While we have been busy ourselves we cannot forget those who have organised events in aid of our lifeboat. We are honoured by your thoughtfulness. We are extremely grateful and proud to know you care.”

The Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild office bearers for the coming year are: president, Barbara Cargill; vice-president, Mo Morrison; honorary secretary, Maureen Fulton; honorary treasurer, Ann Watt; souvenir secretary, Mary Gerrard; flag week convenor, Kath Hughes; collection box secretary, Monica Clark; subscriptions secretary, Lillian Fraser; pyramid box secretary, Jean Wallace; press officer, Susan Ruark. Committee - Gillian Bain, Maureen Campbell, Edith Cargill, Barbra Chapel, Irene Farnell, Elizabeth Ferris. Rhona Goodfellow, Claire Hartley, Audrey McGregor, Margaret McAndrew, Jenny McKay, Annie McLean, Darlene McLeod, Elaine Milne, Sonia Nelson, Diane Parry, Judith Sanderson, Iris Smith and Irene Wright.

 

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