Lifeboat hits target after SOS call sent

Fleetwood Golf Club lady captain Kath Wright (right) and Lady vice captain Susan Forrest on a visit to Fleetwood lifeboats SOS open day.'Also pictured at the rear are L-R Admin officer John Royle, Visits officer Dave Thompson and coxswain Paul Ashworth.
Fleetwood Golf Club lady captain Kath Wright (right) and Lady vice captain Susan Forrest on a visit to Fleetwood lifeboats SOS open day.'Also pictured at the rear are L-R Admin officer John Royle, Visits officer Dave Thompson and coxswain Paul Ashworth.

FLEETWOOD Lifeboat members are usually the ones to respond to an SOS – but this time they were sending one.

The local branch of the RNLI were on a fund-raising mission last Friday to raise cash for new state-of-the-art jackets.

As part of the charity’s national SOS Day fund raiser, crew and volunteers at Fleetwood Lifeboat opened the doors to show local folk around the station and lifeboats, with any donations going towards the outdoor clothing.

The unique jackets, which it is hoped will arrive in May, have been designed from scratch and have innovations to keep the crews as safe as possible as well as offering comfort and freedom to move in the confines of the lifeboat.

Each station had been set a target of £3,000, and thanks to the huge support the lifeboat has in Fleetwood, that target has been reached.

Peter Atkinson, one of the Fleetwood Lifeboat Sea Safety team said: “As usual, the response was amazing and there were several large donations on the day.

“This meant that the full cost of the crew’s lifejackets has now already been met by local folk and for this we are so grateful.

“It is essential that when crews put to sea to help others, they have the best protection available.”

Significant donations were made on the day from: Peggy Whittaker’s Fleetwood Community Association; Fleetwood Golf Club Ladies Captain, Kath Wright; Audrie Cardwell, of Fleetwood; Mike Bee, of Fleetwood; Ann and Dennis Blyth, of Anchorsholme; Mr W Shadbolt of Fleetwood and Mr AD and Mrs SM Monks, of Fleetwood.

In addition, a huge donation of £1,000 has been made by a local man who wishes to remain anonymous.

Mrs Wright said: “My father-in-law, Robert Wright, was a trawler skipper and we wanted a local charity to support so this was ideal.”

Fleetwood coxswain Paul Ashworth said: “We’re very fortunate the lifeboat is such a popular charity.

“Our collection boxes and other donations we get add up to around £33,000 a year.”