Hello TLF members
Welcome to your June TLF/Torbay Station update, halfway through the year already; the weeks seem to fly by so fast!
Torbay Station News
I thought I would flip the newsletter content this month and start with the Torbay Lifeboat Station news first. My reason for this is in recognition of the extremely busy time our Crew are having at the moment, which reinforces why our fundraising is so important to support their vital lifesaving operations.
During May our Crew were called upon for assistance 15 times, with one assembly only.
ALB – 4 Shouts
ILB – 11 Shouts, plus 1 assembly only
This takes the total Shouts for the year so far to 46!
Just think for a minute how much fuel has been used for those rescues and then remember that it’s our fundraising that helps to fund that fuel, that is why your support and help with our fundraising events is so very important.
In addition to saving lives in Torbay, our Coxswain Mark Criddle and Second Coxswain Richard Fowler have both spent a week each at Lerwick Lifeboat Station in the Shetlands, covering the Coxswain role for their Severn Lifeboat. An awfully long way from home, but duty calls!
Our Torbay Lifeboat, Alec and Christina Dykes, is still away from Station currently on the Isle of Wight for her engine maintenance, so the Duke of Kent relief lifeboat continues operational cover at Torbay Station.
So, in support of our Crew, what fundraising have we arranged for the next few weeks?
Our focus this month is on increasing our fundraising presence outside of Brixham, particularly in Paignton, so two events are coming up….
Friday 4th June – Craft Market at Paignton Harbour – 6pm to 9pm
This is to be a regular weekly market on Friday evenings from June through to August, with donations from the stall holders to the RNLI. We have been invited by the organisers to run a RNLI souvenir stall at the market (free of charge) each week to promote the RNLI/Torbay Lifeboat. Jill Passmore and I will be attending this week and if it is a successful event I will be looking for help for future weeks!
19th June – Souvenir stall and Cover the Flag at Paignton seafront – 10am to 4pm
Our souvenirs will be on sale along with one of our highly successful Cover the Flag fundraisers.
Our fundraising plans really start to ramp up in July – Covid rules permitting of course.
We have 5 events planned for the month, full details will be published in my next newsletter, on our Torbay Station Website and via TLF social media.
I can tell you now however, that we have planned our very first actual coffee morning for over a year – as part of All Saints Church Annual Festival of the Sea Week. Reserve the 7th July in your diary – 10am to 12 noon at the Church, full confirmation nearer the time.
Fundraising round-up for June
May Day fundraiser – we started the month with our stalls and Cover the Flag outside the Lifeboat Station on Sunday 2nd May, and what an event it was! We raised a huge total of £1,188.59 on the day. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the event, and to all our friends who supported us on the day.
Torquay Souvenirs and Cover the Flag – sadly, we had to call off this event due to the poor weather on the day.
Virtual coffee morning and Word Game – the event raised £63 with the donated bottle of Jack Daniels going to Dave Smithson for coming up with the most words from the phrase ‘Lifeguarded Beaches’. Our virtual online events have certainly kept our fundraising ticking over during the pandemic, but we are hoping that we can ‘moor them up’ for a while now!
Cover the Flag in Fore Street and at the Lifeboat Station – Wow, what an event! Our 3 flags over 2 days raised a magnificent total of £1,026.36.
I think you will all agree, June was a great start to getting our fundraising back on track by raising just under £2,278 from our events.
Non TLF fundraising
Local group ‘Seaside Adventurers’ walked the May Day Mile on Friday 14th May – toddlers and mums and dads took to the Brixham breakwater supported by Stormy Stan and some of our Torbay Crew with their dogs! They raised a fabulous total of £404.51. Our huge thanks to Sammy Tongue (our second Coxswain’s daughter) for arranging the event with her Seaside Adventurer colleagues. Same time next year Sammy!
TLF 100 Club – June’s winners
1st –  Margaret Stather, winning £24.40
2nd –  David Phillips, winning £12.20
3rd –  Sparks Beattie, winning £6.10
You too could be in with a chance to be a TLF 100 Club winner, whilst contributing towards our fundraising at the same time. Just contact Dave Smithson on 01803 666171 for more details.
In closing this month, as you know our dear TLF President Maurice Gibbard passed away recently just after his 90th birthday. Maurice was a very dear friend and with his wife Joan, who is still one of our TLF committee members, dedicated many years to fundraising for the RNLI. His funeral is a family and close friends gathering on 14th June, so those of you who knew Maurice may like to take a few minutes to remember him during the day. Joan and family have set up a ‘Much Loved’ donation site in memory of Maurice at https://maurice-roger-gibbard.muchloved.com/, with donations going to RNLI Torbay. Rest peacefully Maurice.
PS – This year’s Christmas cards are now on sale in the Middle Street Shop and Kiosk!