With just over half of 2015 gone, the Northampton branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is heading for another record year, with donations of over £21,000 already received.
Jeff Sutherland-Kay, chair of the RNLI’s Northampton branch, said “We have had a number of successful events in the last few weeks. Our annual golf day on June 16th at Northampton Golf Club raised £2,590 (net), the highest total in the 10 years we have been holding this event. Golfers come from far and wide to play and then tell more of their friends – we had 6 teams from Birmingham alone this year.”
The team from Robin Hood Golf Club in Birmingham receiving their second place prizes from RNLI Community Fundraising Manager Terry James (2nd from left) and RNLI Northampton branch treasurer John Davies (4th from left).
The mainstay of the Northampton branch’s activity remains bucket collections, especially at superstores in and around the Northampton area. Jeff continued “We spent the weekend of 10th to 12th July at the Waitrose store in Kingsthorpe. The shoppers were very generous, donating £1,900 and often stopping to chat about how much they value the lifeboat and beach lifeguard service, and the Waitrose staff are always very welcoming. And as we are all volunteers, we have no expenses for this type of event: every penny goes to the RNLI.”