Appeal from Solihull RNLI branch lifeboat funding gap widens - The Solihull Observer

Appeal from Solihull RNLI branch lifeboat funding gap widens

Solihull Editorial 18th Feb, 2021   0

THE Solihull branch of the RNLI has seen it’s fundraising income for 2020 plunge from an average of £10,000 to just £1,169.45 in donations.

The RNLI is close to the hearts of Solihull residents and one of the charity’s lifeboats, an Atlantic 85 class Inshore boat based at Hartlepool, carries the name ‘Solihull’.

Like all charities the local branch of the RNLI has had its fundraising activities severally curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result, and in an effort to make good the £9,000 shortfall, the branch has launched its own Just Giving page.

“Although RNLI crews are still responding to emergency call-outs 24/7, the lack of income over the last 12 months means that the institution, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations and legacies, is now having to dig much deeper into its reserves just to keep the rescue service operating,” said Solihull branch officer David Herriott.

“We are aware that many members of the public would have been only too willing to donate had they come face to face with its collectors, so they have set up a JustGiving page in the hope that some people may be prepared to donate via that medium.”

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