Aberdeenshire Council signals support for North East lifeboat crews – Fishupdate.com

Aberdeenshire Council signals support for North East lifeboat crews Published:  26 January, 2007

ABERDEENSHIRE Council has cemented its support for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with a visit from the Council’s Chief Executive Alan Campbell and a £1000 donation.

The donation was the result of Aberdeenshire Council promoting the charity through their 2006 Christmas card initiative.

RNLI Coxswain Andy Brown gave Alan – donned in full RNLI kit – a tour of Peterhead lifeboat station and the new state-of-the-art Tamar Lifeboat, ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’.

The new £2.5million Tamar was funded by The Robertson Trust and has been based in Peterhead since April last year. The vessel is the first of its kind in Scotland and is the most technologically advanced lifeboat ever designed by the RNLI.

Some of the crew took Alan out on the boat for a short demonstration round the bay. Alan said: “I was amazed by the state-of-the-art technology that is used aboard the Tamar and also by its sheer size and capability.

“I found the trip out to sea exhilarating and informative and very much admire the work of the RNLI and its volunteers. The teamwork and dedication shown by the crew is admirable.”

RNLI Fundraising Manager for Grampian and Highlands Anne Scott thanked Aberdeenshire Council for the support.

“As a charity we rely on voluntary contributions and legacies from individuals and organisations to support the work we do,” she said.

“Without support we wouldn’t be able to continue to save lives at an average of 23 every day. All of our crews are made up of volunteers who give up their time freely to save lives and participate in weekly training exercises.

“This donation will go towards the North East crew training appeal which aims to raise funds to train our crew at life boat stations across the North East of Scotland.”

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