Campaign for lifeboat breaks £60k barrier

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The Support St Abbs Lifeboat campaign has raised over £60,000 already in its attempt to place an independent lifeboat in the village.

More than £13,000 has been pledged through the campaign’s JustGiving site (https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/stabbs).

And other donations have included an anonymous gift of £25,000, towards the £250,000 target, as well as funds raised at events held by the Robin Hood Dive Club.

Donations keep coming in and the village’s volunteers have also poignantly been remembered in many people’s wills.

Campaigners took to Facebook this week to thank donors and to highlight more fundraising schemes coming in the near future.

“Thank you everyone for your help and support since the start of our fundraising campaign,” they wrote.

“We are about to launch our new online shop and are working towards having a mobile shop up and running for next summer.

“We’ve created a range of Christmas cards and other branded merchandise which we’ve been selling on a stall at the weekly Friday market in the Ebba Centre and Dunbar T-shirt shop has helped us create a range of Support St Abbs Lifeboat clothing.

“We are also in the process of placing over 75 collection boxes in local pubs, shops and other establishments.

“The cheeky calendar created by the St Abbs Market Traders is selling well after appearing in the national press. We held a very successful coffee morning and a darts competition and will be holding a Race Night on November 20 at 8pm in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs.”

The committees needed to run the new St Abbs lifeboat have been created, and the next focus will be on setting the campaign up as a new,independent charity. It currently operates as a project of the St Abbs Community Trust.

St Abbs campaigners have also made appearances at national diving conferences.

After an appearance on the main stage at the BSAC conference they will be attending the ScotSAC conference in Stirling this weekend.