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Monday, 11 December 2017
 
 
Liveboat Day - Fundraising in hte High Street Print

McKie in flags and banners
McKie in flags and banners

It was an early start for the brave people who had agreed to take over the first shift of the lifeboat day. At 7:30, Trevor, Jens and I had to be at the shed to get McKie out, swing her around the narrow bends of the clubhous construction site and take her to the upper end of Guildford High Street, where we were to help collecting donations for the RNLI.

early birds: Jens, McKie and Trevor M.
Early birds: Jens, McKie and Trevor M.

Lady Avril Hammond, Chairman of the Guildford branch of the RNLI, met us in front of the Abbott Hospital, where we positioned McKie. We decorated our boat with RNLI flags and Guildford BSAC banners - the latter provided by Gerry -, and put some dive kit on the boat to make it more lively. Then Lady Avril showed us where to find the collection buckets, tea, coffee and cookies, and where to bring our collections for counting. By half past eight, people started coming into town, and we rattled our buckets at them.

Behind the scenes at the George Abbott Hospital: Members of the RNLI counting the proceeds
Behind the scenes at the George Abbott Hospital:
Members of the RNLI counting the proceeds

By 10:30, the second shift had arrived - for which we were very grateful. It was a very bright, but also very cold day, so we were looking forward to hot drinks and a big second breakfast.

Colin H. with collection bucket and BCD
Colin H. with collection bucket
and BCD

Like on most Saturdays, Guildford High Street had become very busy by midday, and all through the day it was very good to see how happily people donated money, and how impressed they were with the RNLI's work.

We used the occasion to promote our club by handing out leaflets, and some strong men even collected donations wearing stab jackets and cylinders to promote the worthy cause of scuba diving.

Angus and a keen-to-go-diving gentleman
Angus and a keen-to-go-diving gentleman

Guildford BSAC managed to collect a total of £1134 pounds, which helped the RNLI to pass the mark of over £ 3000 for the first time and brought us some media coverage. Well done to the team who collected the money, thanks to Jens, Trevor and Chris for towing, and to Gerry and Stephen for providing banners and leaflets!

ImageFiona, Amelie (in the pram), Neil, Big Paul, Jason, Trevor, Duncan, and Jens">
The team at 2 p.m.: Corinna, Martin, Lucia, Colin T., Fiona,
Amelie (in the pram), Neil, Big Paul, Jason, Trevor, Duncan, and Jens

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