Tunnocks Supporting a new St Abbs Lifeboat

St Abbs Lifeboat is delighted to announce that an approach has been received from leading Scottish Company Thomas Tunnock & Sons Ltd. “Tunnocks” involving a new Lifeboat at St Abbs Berwickshire.

It is expected that this will lead to the completion of Stage 1 of the Appeal launched in early Autumn 2015 and enable the resumption of Lifeboat operations at St Abbs in 2016.

The public appeal for a new Lifeboat at St Abbs has already got off to a flying start and the campaign will remain in full swing with a Stage 2 objective of raising a further £250k to provide long term financial support for the St Abbs lifeboat station.

In announcing the approach from Tunnocks Alistair Crowe the Lifeboat Appeal Chairman said:

“This is a highly significant development and the emergence of Tunnocks as a major donor has unanimous support from the Community of St Abbs. On behalf of the St Abbs Community I would like to express my sincere gratitude not only to Tunnocks, but also to all our other donations both big and small.

We look forward to becoming an operational Lifeboat Station at St Abbs again as soon as arrangements can be put in place, which will include a new purpose built boat. There are details still to be agreed with Tunnocks, which will include the name of the new Lifeboat, and a further announcement will be made in due course.”

Over £60,000 has been raised – we’re making real progress

With your help and support over £60,000 has been raised since the start of our fundraising campaign.

We have set up the committees needed to run the new St Abbs Lifeboat. We are working towards setting up “St Abbs Lifeboat” as a new independent charity and are currently operating as a project of the St Abbs Community Trust charity.

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.

WP_20151013_002The collection boxes arrive in the post.

We are 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 20th November at 8pm in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs.

BSACEuan Gibson takes the main stage at the BSAC Conference.

After a very successful appearance on the main stage at the BSAC conference we will be attending the ScotSAC conference in Stirling next weekend.

We have received over £13,000 via our Just Giving site. Robin Hood Dive Club have held several successful events (thank you). We are receiving cheques from you nearly every day and poignantly we’ve been gifted money in people’s wills.

With your support we are making this happen… There will be a lifeboat back in St Abbs soon. If you’ve donated 20p or £25,000, bought a t-shirt, attended an event or helped out in any other way we’d like to thank you. Every penny has helped bring the day a lifeboat is based back in St Abbs closer.

If you would like to make a donation to the new St Abbs Lifeboat you can do it now on our Just Giving page: