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Filey Lifeboat Weekend To Go Virtual

Filey Lifeboat Weekend To Go Virtual

Published by Karen Liu at 1:38pm 29th June 2020.

Filey's Lifeboat Weekend is taking on a new format due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It is going virtual and it will take place on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd of August.

Organisers say the current restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak mean that it would be impossible to hold the usual events on Coble Landing.

Coupled with the difficulty of being able to offer social distancing in the Lifeboat shop and the fact that many of the fundraising volunteers need to be shielded, the organisers felt a new approach was needed.

The Filey Lifeboat Station still needs to raise about £5,000 to cover the cost of each lifeboat call-out along the Filey coast as well as ensuring that the crew continue to be fully trained. 

The virtual event will have special shows from Magic Mike, Dearne Big Band, Stubbsies Folk Group and Ali Bullivent along with videos and pictures celebrating lifeboats and lifeboat days in the past.

There will be a virtual tour of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats as well as an opportunity to meet the crew. The Ladies Guild will feature appealing for funds.

There will be videos and aerial footage of both boats as well as exercises with helicopters and real rescues.

There will also be a series of photographs with music celebrating previous raft races and visits from the White Rose Goldwingers.

The virtual weekend will take place on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August. Every hour different posts will be made on the station’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fileylifeboatstation/) with videos or pictures and at the end of each post, viewers will be asked to donate money either by the Facebook Donate button or through Just Giving: (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fileylifeboat2020

All the money raised will go directly to the running of Filey Lifeboat Station.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said:

“As you can’t come to see us on Lifeboat Day then we will bring Lifeboat Day into your homes.

The organisation of the virtual day has presented a unique challenge and I want to thank everyone who has assisted in any way.

We need almost £200,000 to cover the costs of the service here at Filey so any donation, no matter how small, will be very much appreciated.”

John has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

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