Welcome to TLF’s September newsletter. When you consider that we are still holding back on running our full pre-pandemic event programme, our current fundraising income is phenomenal, so it is a pleasure to share this month’s update with you.
‘Cover the Flag’ is our saviour until we can safely return to full fundraising, and it has certainly proved its worth during August.
Brixham – As you know we arranged numerous Flag events – outside the Lifeboat Station and in Brixham Town Centre – with Cathy and Hazel working tirelessly to ensure we had a full TLF volunteer rota in place to marshal the flags – often taking spare slots themselves to make sure we could keep the flag on the ground. The total raised from TLFs ‘Cover the Flag’ events in Brixham during August is £4,217.86. Although contactless now forms a large part of donations, cash is still the main income from these events, and I must mention Barbara and Dave who spend hours counting and banking all the coinage – hauling heavy bags of the cash to the bank each week.
Paignton – Our Flag event on Paignton Seafront on 11th August raised £96.60, with additional souvenir sales of £246.00
In addition to our Flag events, we also had our Summer Fundraising stalls alongside the harbour on 15th August raising a further £1,496,22.
To say that the Shop and Kiosk have been busy would be an understatement! Our combined sales from both Brixham shops during August is £14,765. Many thanks to the Brixham Retail team, who not only keep the customers happy with their good customer service, but also continue to be on the front line when it comes to keeping themselves safe from infection.
So, you can see why I say our fundraising is phenomenal in the current environment! Huge thanks to everyone who has been involved in making August such a successful month for TLF.
Paignton Craft Market
As you all know, members of the TLF committee have been travelling to Paignton Harbour each Friday evening from the beginning of June until the end of August, to sell souvenirs and accept donations at the Craft market. The market has now closed for this year and I can announce that the total amount we raised in sales and donations is £3,865.70.
Committee, I know it’s been a huge commitment for us all, but I think we can be very pleased with the result, thank you all for your support!
So, what do we have planned for September? Another busy fundraising month…….
Wednesday 8th September – TLF Coffee morning at All Saints Church – 10am to 12 noon
Our first coffee morning for over a year! This event is part of the All Saints Church Sea Week calendar of events, and we are very pleased to accept their invitation.
Just £3 per person for a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit, and a chance to meet with friends in a lovely setting inside the Church.
Saturday 11th September – Cover the Flag and Souvenir stall in Torquay – 10am to 4pm
We are off to Torquay seafront with our Flag and souvenirs! Drop by to donate or make a purchase, we will be along the walkway between the Pier Point café and the Princess Theatre.
Tuesday 14th September – Fish Quay Market, Brixham – 10am to 4pm
Our second Fish Quay Market this year! All the usual TLF stalls will be there, and of course a Cover the Flag!
The Torbay Inn in Paignton held their fundraising Pig Race and Pirate Day in August and raised £1,506.40 for the RNLI. Massive thanks to all the staff and their customers.
Evie Ritson – One of our young supporters visited us at Torbay Station this month to donate £155 from her baking and cake sales during lock down. It was lovely to meet Evie and her family, we thank her for her support.
Spar, Drew Street, Brixham – You will know from our social media and previous newsletters that this store is one of our active fundraising partners. This week I presented a RNLI Supporters Award to them in recognition of the amount they have raised over the past few years – over £3000!
Unsung TLF heroes!
Every month I provide an update on our fundraising events, thanking all those who have been involved in organising and helping out, but there are a team of our volunteers who seldom get a mention and yet are key to our fundraising. That team is our box collection team, based around the whole Bay, emptying our RNLI collection boxes in many, many locations. Donations in our boxes are a huge part of our fundraising every year and we simply could not raise that money without our Box Collection team – so thank you one and all!
New Look Kiosk
The external refurbishment of the Kiosk is now complete, with some great images and important safety messages. Pop by and take a look when you are next passing the Lifeboat Station.
Torbay Lifeboat Station news
August wasn’t only busy for TLF, it was also extremely busy for our crew with 12 (yes 12!!) shouts….
ALB – 7
ILB – 5
Total for this year, up to end of August….
ALB – 33
ILB – 49
No two Shouts are the same – you can keep up to date on all Torbay Lifeboat Operations at www.torbaylifeboat.co.uk
To close this month, the RNLI has announced a new lifeboat will be named in honour of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The announcement was made 71 years to the day that The Duke of Edinburgh assumed command of HMS Magpie in 1950 – his very first sea-going command in the Royal Navy.
Follow this link to read the full article – https://rnli.org/support-us/volunteer/volunteer-zone/volunteer-news/2021/september/rnli-names-lifeboat-in-honour-of-the-duke-of-edinburgh.
More updates next month!