Lifeboat day will raise vital funds

RNLI SOS day at Lowestoft Lifeboat station in 2012.Picture: James Bass

RNLI SOS day at Lowestoft Lifeboat station in 2012.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

THE dedication and courage of volunteer lifeboatmen will be marked next weekend.

Fund-raisers and crew from the Lowestoft Lifeboat will host the annual SOS day on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), next Saturday as part of its SOS – Save Our Souls – campaign to raise vital funds for the town's lifeboat.

The lifeboat station on the South Pier will open for the event which will run from 10.30am to 3pm.

People will have the chance to meet the crew and, subject to operational requirements, also look around the lifeboat.

Meanwhile visitors will be able to enjoy a range of refreshments and visit the gift shop where a variety of items – including half-price RNLI Christmas cards, diaries and calendars – will also be on sale.

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Josie Moore, chairman of the Lowestoft RNLI fund-raisers committee, said: 'SOS Day is all about having fun and raising funds when, on the last Saturday in January, many of the lifeboat stations and RNLI supporters around the UK and Ireland hold lots of fun events.

'We will have games and a tombola for our visitors' entertainment, as well as the opportunity to help to fill the shapes of the three letters SOS with coins.'

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'Supporting SOS Day on Saturday will help keep our lifeboat crew trained and equipped for the year ahead, to enable them to continue to save the lives of others.'

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