RNLI Hovercraft assists the Police – 31 December 2018

At 10.00am UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft to assist the Police and other agencies dealing with a casualty on Holbeach marshes.

Hunstanton Hovercraft launched on service at 10.15am and proceeded to the area, and liaised with the police and the local coastguard teams. Our Hovercraft remained in the area for a number of hours until no longer required and returned to station at 3.15pm.

H.W. 00.48am Wind S.W 2 Weather Cloud Vis. Good Sea state Slight

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I  would like to start off by saying a huge thank you for your help and support this year, without it we would not be able to continue.  It has been a difficult year at time for many of us with health or other issues but support at events has always been excellent and you are all a credit to the RNLI and I can’t thank you enough.

I know many of you will be interested in end of year totals so here goes:

  • Collection boxes:  £74.70
  • In-store collections: £4,380.79
  • Branch events: £440.64
  • In memoriam donations: £125.00
  • Total raised for the year: £5,021.13

For such a small branch that is a wonderful total, all of which will go to assist in saving lives at sea – thank you again for all your help.

We fully aim to continue in 2019 but we can’t do it without support and that has been one of our biggest challenges this year.  With the dreaded GDPR rules that came into force earlier this year we have lost over half of the supporters on our mailing lists so our numbers in the branch are dwindling.  In total, including committee we are less than 20 people which makes booking events difficult as they require at least two at any one time to collect as we can’t collect alone.  So I would ask that if you know anyone who may be interested in helping you ask them to get in touch.  We don’t need a huge commitment just a few hours a year would make a big difference. 

We are in the process of talking to stores to try and book events, one item already in is the Quiz night which will be on 27 April (more details to follow).  As soon as we get new events I will update the website and let people know.  If you have any suggestions for events or collections please get in touch, any ideas very welcome.

I am sure you will join me in wishing all our crews a happy, and hopefully quiet, Christmas and hope they get it to spend it with their loved ones and not out on a shout.

I would like to end by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you once again for your help and support this year.

Ian Meadows
Chairman – Milton Keynes Branch

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