November Newsletter

Hi all, welcome to your November TLF Newsletter.

With another lockdown about to begin, I am starting this month’s update with a short video reflecting on the difficult year the RNLI Lifesaving Service is experiencing.  I think this video helps to remind us why we do what we do as fundraisers, and how particularly important our work is to ensure our Torbay Crew have the equipment they need to help return them home safely from sea.  As this video states, and I know we all agree, it has been a year like no other!

As we move towards the end of the year, we are usually finalising our Torbay Lifeboat Christmas Service at All Saints Church in Brixham but sadly this incredibly special evening will not be taking place this year.   However, we still have a couple of fundraising events remaining in the diary to round off 2020.  Here is what’s coming up……

  • Thursday 12th November – Monthly virtual coffee morning and crossword

Our now regular virtual coffee morning, this time with a crossword created by Veronica who is one of our TLF Events Co-ordinators.    The link to the crossword will be published on the day of the coffee morning.   Why not set up a Zoom or Skype session with your relatives or friends whilst drinking your lockdown coffee and tackle the crossword together!  All we ask is that you support the coffee morning by making a donation via our TLF Just Giving site at

  • Cancelled – Sunday 29th November – 10am to 3pm – Mini-market at the Old Fish Quay, Brixham

We have been formulating plans, completing risk assessments and obtaining permissions to hold a Christmas themed mini-market.  Sadly however, this event is now cancelled due to the imminent lockdown.

  • Monday 7th December – our week-long online Jigsaw Challenge

This will be our final fundraising event of the year and we are repeating the very successful online Jigsaw Challenge which we ran in May.   We have a Christmas themed jigsaw this time, with the added incentive to be entered into a prize draw!   More details will be published nearer the time.

We all pay our membership to be part of TLF with the prime aim of raising much needed funding for the RNLI Lifesaving Service, so your support for our events is hugely appreciated. 

How did we do with our fundraising in October?

  • Fish Supper 9th to 25th September – locally we raised £363.50.   However, with this being a national RNLI campaign, some local fundraising may have been donated directly to RNLI HQ via the Fish Supper Campaign website.
  • Virtual Coffee morning 27th October – raised £80 via Just Giving donations.


Just Giving is a secure site and is the preferred method of receiving your donations during the current Pandemic situation.    However, we appreciate that some people prefer not to use card payments through our JG site but there is a new alternative!  You are able to select  ‘Bank Transfer’ when selecting your payment method on JG – this appears at the top of the list.
If you select Bank Transfer you will be taken to a page to select your bank – all major UK banks are displayed.   You will log in to your online account as normal and the payment will be taken directly from your account.   Don’t forget to add Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer!

If you have been putting your virtual coffee morning or other donations to one side during this year, could you either donate them via our JG site, or drop them in an envelope through the letter box of our Middle Street Shop, or contact Dave Smithson on 01803 666171 who can discuss alternative methods of you getting the money to him.   With the end of year fast approaching it is important for accounting purposes to have all donations banked and recorded.   Thank you.

Middle Street Shop and Kiosk

As you know both our Brixham Retail outlets are now closed until December, but I still wanted to update you on a recent fundraising initiative we have implemented.

With our customers thankfully paying for their items mainly via contactless at the moment, the ‘keep the change’ or ‘put the change in the collection box’ comments are no longer being said to us, resulting in a drop in donations.  To address this, we have introduced a trial in the Shop and Kiosk of small card machines accompanied by a poster which says, ‘Help Save Lives at Sea by donating £2’, with the contactless logo shown.    Our customers can tap their contactless card onto the machine to donate.

The reason we have set the machines at a £2 donation is because we think that amount will encourage our customers to donate, rather than asking for £5 or £10.   

We will monitor the results of this trial and if it goes well, we may consider increasing the donation limit in the future.

Non-TLF fundraising

  • The Royal Torbay Yacht Club donated 10% from the meal sales of their Fish Supper evening, plus donations made during the evening, resulting in a total donation of £146.50.  Our thanks to all the staff at the Yacht Club.
  • The Reindeer and Christmas display is back at Otter Nurseries in Moles Lane, Paignton.    Why not take your children and grandchildren along to Otter after lockdown ends, to see the display………and of course drop a donation into our RNLI Whirly Gig collection box whilst you are there!  

Torbay Station News

To assist with the social distancing measures for our Torbay Crew whilst they are getting ready for a Shout, the Station foyer has been transformed into an additional changing area for the ILB crew.  I thought you might like to see this photo of how the Foyer is now set up. 

Access to the Station is strictly limited to the Torbay operational team only.

October Shouts

ALB – 5

ILB – 4

Total for the Year so far – 85

ALB – 32

ILB – 53 plus 2 assembly only

Another very busy year for our Torbay Crew, who will continue to respond to calls for help 24×7 during the lockdown period.

And finally…….a second video to end this month.   Although this video is not RNLI related, it brought a smile to my face when I watched it and I hope that it brings you a smile to your face too!   It is an old TV clip but is so relevant to what we are all experiencing today and is a little light relief in these difficult times.   Thanks to our TLF Treasurer Dave for sharing this with us.

Take care all, stay safe.


We welcome new volunteers for general fundraising and in our 2 Brixham
Retail Outlets. If you are interested in getting involved please email us at

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