A FAMILY celebration turned into a party for the Dunbar RNLI after the hosts decided to forgo presents.
The event raised £950 for much needed swift water rescue equipment for the town’s lifeboat station.
The idea came from the mother of one of the crew members. Susan Lamb was due to celebrate her 50th birthday, sister in law Sandra was 40 and daughter Kirsty 16.
Susan’s son Jamie is the deputy second coxswain of the lifeboat. She said: “We thought it would be good to raise money for this equipment instead of having folk going to the trouble of buying presents for us all.”
Susan handed over some of the specialist equipment to members of the lifeboat crew at one of their regular training sessions.
Dunbar RNLI coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “Swift water rescue takes a whole different skill set and equipment from our regular training so this contribution has been extremely valuable.”