Region pulls together for RNLI SOS Day

FROM “Shortbread or Soup” to soaping a saloon, lifeboat stations along the North Devon coast pulled out all the stops for the RNLI’s annual nationwide SOS Day fund raiser for the charity.

In Ilfracombe, RNLI crew members in full wet weather gear raised �295 through a charity car wash plus the sale of warning refreshments to ward off the chill on Saturday.

Appledore station held a Shortbread Or Soup morning on Saturday, joined by RNLI mascot Stormy Stan, who also visited Bideford supermarkets Tesco and Asda on Friday and Saturday with his collection bucket.

Outside Bideford Reds Rowing Club eight under 16s members of Appledore Gig Club took part in Start On Stroke on Saturday as they competed against fellow gig clubs in Fowey and Looe to row 24 miles on static rowing machines in the shortest possible time.

Appledore completed the challenge in about one-and-a-half hours, raising �87.88 for the RNLI.

“We rely on the RNLI when we are out on the water and if ever we need help we know our fund raising efforts have helped ensure the crew is trained and the boats afloat and ready for service,” said club member Matt Cox.

In Clovelly the volunteer crew and helpers held a curry and musical evening at Clovelly Hall on Friday with live music from The Drop.

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“We were amazed by the amount of on a cold night, so thank you to everyone who supported us,” said Clovelly RNLI station press officer Dan Garnett.

“We’re always overwhelmed by the support we get from people across the region and we’re very proud to provide rescue cover here at Clovelly.”

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