Fundraisers tee off to raise money to save lives at sea

Golfers are getting into the swing to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution(RNLI) to help the charity save lives at sea.

Fundraisers at Kippford in Dumfries and Galloway are organising a Lifeboat AmAm Golf Competition to be held at Southerness Golf Club on 21 June.

However, they still require more teams for the fundraising event and are looking for last-minute entries.

The Kippford RNLI fundraisers are an active committee and they held a similar golf day eight years ago with the Kirkcudbright branch when they were raising money for training for volunteer crew members.

The RNLI shop at Kippford, trading for 12 years, has proved popular with visitors since it opened again in Easter for the season. The shop is open seven days a week and already the takings are double those achieved in the same period last year.

The RNLI does not receive Government funding with the cost of running the service met by the efforts of a huge army of fundraisers, and gifts left by people in their wills.

It costs on average £85,000 a year to run an inshore lifeboat station such as that stationed at Kippford.

The Kippford volunteer crew have launched 28 times in the last five years, rescuing 37 people.

Jean Farish, chair of the Kippford RNLI fundraisers, said, ‘Southerness Golf Club offers the use of the course every year for a different charity and this year we are lucky enough to have it.

‘We are a very active committee in Kippford and we want to raise as much money as possible through this golf event while giving people an enjoyable day. We also have an amazing raffle with prizes donated by lots of different activities.

‘Fundraising events are a vital source of income for the charity and events such as the golf day are essential in ensuring that the charity can continue with its mission of providing a 24-hour search and rescue service 365 days a year up to 100 nautical miles out from the coast.

‘Every day the RNLI launches 23 times to people in distress and rescues 23 people on average a day.’

The competition is open to teams of four amateurs, with tee times from 8.30am to 3pm. The cost is £160 for a team of four, which includes a buffet, and further details are available from Mrs Farish on 01556 660338.