On 10th February 2012 Independent Lifeboat stations within the UK are joining forces to celebrate their causes in an attempt to raise funds and awareness of these very local organisations.
Please support the three independent lifeboat stations on the Isle of Wight based at Ryde www.rydeinshorerescue.org , Freshwater www.freshwaterlifeboat.org.uk and Sandown www.sandownlifeboat.com as they join the other independent lifeboats around the country to raise awareness and funds to keep their units operational.
None of the Independent Lifeboat Stations featured are managed or funded by the RNLI or the government. They are run and rely on donations from the general public, businesses and their own fundraising events.
Last February, the Solent Units managed to raise over £15,000 between them and are appealing for their local communities to help them match the figure this year.
Within the Solent there are 7 independent units based at Ryde, Sandown, Freshwater, Gosport, Hamble, Lepe and Southsea, who come under the umbrella organisation of the “Solent Sea Rescue Organisation”. All the units are self governed, but must achieve high standards to allow them to be “declared lifeboat units” in the eyes of HMCG based at Solent.
Apart from attending hundreds of waterborne callouts each year many of the units assist their local communities in other events and when the heavy snow fell in 2010 both Gosport and Ryde’s vehicles were out helping the public and other emergency services.
On 10th February they will hold their own fundraising events throughout the region to highlight the work that these lifeboat units do and to help raise money that will go towards the £30,000 running costs that each unit faces annually. For more information visit www.i-lifeboat.org.uk website link.
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