Recently, we were delighted to receive an invite to the Robin Hood Bonfire Society’s presentation and quiz night up at the Robin Hood in Icklesham. So on Wednesday 27th February, off we went …
Several charities and local causes, including ourselves, were invited to the presentation and we all benefitted from the extraordinary amount of work carried out by the Robin Hood Bonfire Society. All of the funds were raised at 2018’s fabulous bonfire display and from their Christmas raffle
After a brief talk from RHBS Chairman, Kevin Wall, presentations and donations were made as follows:
£500 to the Armed Forces Bikers, who marshalled the event.
£500 to the Sussex 4×4 Response team, who supported the procession and the event.
£500 to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, who staffed the First Aid tent at the event.
£450 to Snowflake Shelter – a special donation for a hard-working local cause, with funds raised from the RHBS Christmas Raffle.
Then it was time for a surprise presentation highlight – £1,000 donated to Icklesham Primary School. These funds were donated specifically to help with the running costs of the school pool, and to subsidise the cost of swimming for families. The cheque was presented to Jo Barry who works at the school and manages the swimming – and also happens to be PLIRB secretary and member of the PLIRB crew.
ctivity then moved on to refreshments and a Music Quiz evening, with a cash prize up for grabs. Of course, the PLIRB crew performed with great enthusiasm and effort – plus a not too shameful extent of knowledge across the team – and finished in 3rd place. Our favourite was the lego album covers round, by the way!
First place and the cash prize went to one of the RHBS teams (one of whom is also a member of the PLIRB). The warm and sharing nature of the evening was really reflected in the fact that this team immediately split the prize between the causes who had come to the event – a wonderful gesture and a brilliant extra donation for us.
Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat would like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in the Robin Hood Bonfire Society – this local community support is sincerely appreciated and makes a considerable difference to us.
What’s more, we also appreciate having the chance to support the Robin Hood Bonfire display – it’s such a fantastic community event. Thank you for having us – to the presentation and to the bonfire and we’re already looking forward to 2019’s event going with a bang!
On that note, a date for the diaries is Sunday 3rd November 2019, when the next Robin Hood Bonfire Display is scheduled to take place.
On Thursday 21st February, we were delighted to pop up to the Two Sawyers pub in Pett, to present a certificate of thanks for recent donations.
The Two Sawyers have been taking donations into a custom-made donation box, all of which has added up to a recent donation of just over £100 to us. A short certificate presentation, and a celebratory round of drinks (mostly soft ones, of course) took place as we said thank you to the team at the Two Sawyers. Publican and owner Mark Fleischer and barstaff Karen are pictured receiving the certificate of thanks, along with Dave Martin, PLIRB chairman.
Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat would like to say a very big thank you staff and customers of the Two Sawyers – this local community support is sincerely appreciated and makes a considerable difference to what we’re able to achieve in replacing vital equipment and providing an essential independent local rescue service along the local coastline (and beyond).
We really couldn’t do it without this kind of support, thank you all very much.
On Sunday 3rd February, we were delighted to have a visit to the base from the wonderfully supportive team at Dynamic Events in Rye, who came to present us with a marvellous cheque for £2022.90. This very welcome donation is the result of some very hard work fundraising on behalf of Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, as an independent rescue charity.
It all began last summer when the staff team at Dynamic Events decided to take part in September 2018’s Dragonboat Race at Bewl Water. However, when asked which charity they’d be fundraising for, they had a little trouble deciding. But staff member Jo Stapley, who also happens to be a trainee crew volunteer here at the PLIRB, was quick to share with her colleagues our efforts in raising money to buy and refit a reserve launch & recovery vehicle. Once Jo shared this water-themed cause, and the question was put to a vote, Jo’s colleagues were quick to get on board with the idea, with PLIRB winning the vote as the chosen charity.
As we shared at the time, the Dynamic Events Dragonboat was manned (and of course womanned) by a superb crew of Dynamic Events staff, PLIRB volunteers, plus a few interested (and very helpful) families and friends to make up the numbers. Despite coming in last in every race, this fabulous crew had a fantastic time and managed to raise a significant sum for us whilst doing so.
In fact, now that all of the monies have been collected and counted, Dynamic Events were able to donate a cheque for £2022.90, which is an amazing result for all their hard work in raising funds with quiz nights, fun events and a dedicated GoFundMe page.
As the top photo shows, several Dynamic Events staff members came down for the presentation whilst many of our boat and base crews, including Jo Stapley, were also down at the base for our usual Sunday morning training. It was great to be able to get together and enjoy some early spring sunshine and receive (with grateful thanks) the cheque.
The cropped in photo above shows (front row, L to R) PLIRB Chairman, David Martin, receiving the cheque from Claire Bowley (Dynamic Events Operations Director), Malcolm Wallace (Dynamic Events Managing Director), Kelsey Morgan (Events Assistant), Amelia Simpson (Event Manager), and Tara O’Shea (Event Assistant) and Jo Stapley (representing both Dynamic Events and PlIRB). Also in the close-up are PLIRB crew members (back row, L to R) Isaac Dyer, Ethan Beech, John Crowther and Darren Barry,
Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat would like to say a very big thank you to all concerned at Dynamic Events, as well as all those who supported their fundraising with donations and sponsorship. This kind of support is sincerely appreciated and is really making a difference to us in what we’re able to achieve in replacing vital equipment and providing an essential independent local rescue service along the local coastline (and beyond).
We really couldn’t do it without this kind of support, thank you all very much.
Last Thursday 24th January, members of the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat committee were invited along to a presentation evening by the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club.
The club runs lots of activities, shows and festivals and invited us along to receive a share of funds raised at the Hellingly Festival of Transport, which took place last August. The event itself took place over the same infamous weekend as our own Open Day and as our own supporters know, the weather on the Sunday was rather against outdoor events!
However, thankfully for the EHVC, their festival ran over the whole weekend so the fair weather days meant it was well attended, as club Chairman, Steve Young shared:
“The 2018 Festival of Transport last August was blessed with fine weather for two days out of three, with the Sunday, unfortunately, a ‘little wet’. However, the show was enjoyed by entrants and visitors alike and we had a great weekend. We are delighted to maintain our annual donations to local charities, which over the last 43 years have totalled a figure approaching £200,000.”
The EHCV are now busy planning 2019’s big event, the 44th Festival of Transport which will be held at Broad Farm. But meanwhile, at Thursday’s presentation, cheques were presented by EHVC Vice-President, Mike Bray, to representatives of St.Wilfrid’s Hospice (£500), The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital (£500), KSS Air Ambulance Trust (£500) and the Pett Level Rescue Boat Association (£250). Other donations have been made to Eastbourne RNLI (£250) and local Hellingly organisations.
The £250 donation is much appreciated and will almost certainly be going in the direction of supporting our own historic vehicle – our reserve launch vehicle – as it is refurbished to become fit for the very specific purposes of getting our boats safely launched and recovered along the ever-changing Pett Level Beach.
Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat would like to say a very big thank you to all concerned at the EHVC and those who supported the 2018 festival.We really couldn’t do it without this kind of support, so thank you very much.
Header image (L to R): John Brooker & John Pulfer (PLIRB), Mike Bray (EHVC Vice-President), David Martin.
In-post image (L to R): Pett Level Rescue Boat Association, Mike Bray (EHVC Vice-President), Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and PLIRB again far right.
Thanks to Dave Bone, Secretary EHVC for photographs and permissions.
We had a lovely activity to do as part of Sunday’s morning down at the base … a visit up to see friends of the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, Graeme and Leonie Gambrell of Fairlight Stores.
Graeme and Leonie always give pride of place at the front of the shop counter to a large donation bottle on behalf of the PLIRB, and the recent emptying of the bottle resulted in the biggest donation total every received from this particular bottle. So it was with high spirits and much appreciation that we popped up to say hello and to present a certificate of thanks to Graeme and Leonie, pictured above with David Martin, Chairman; Sarah Harris, Tornado Helm and John Brooker, Trustee and Base Crew.
And of course, although it’s Graeme and Leonie who give us the spot on the counter, look after the bottle and help us to raise much-needed funds, it’s members of the Fairlight community who are customers of the Fairlight Stores who do much of the donating. From the small change after making a purchase to popping a bit of extra cash as a donation into the bottle, the total this time around really does show that everything which goes into the bottle really adds up, so here at the PLIRB we’d like to say we’re extremely grateful to the Fairlight community for supporting us, especially those who have made donations to the bottle and who support Fairlight Stores in their support of us.
Our very busy 2018 has come to an end, and has been rounded off in a fun and interesting way with a Christmas visit across to RNLI Hastings.
This visit to the iconic lifeboat house of RNLI Hastings gave us the chance to get a close up look at their beautiful new Shannon boat, a really amazing craft! It’s fair to say the mechanic enthusiasts from our volunteer crews all gazed in awe and wonder at the magnificent engine and came away with a wish-list which covers ideas for upgrading elements of our own crafts, base and equipment!
Shaun, Isaac and Russ, being inspired in the engine department!
Some of the team were able to spend a little time chatting with the RNLI Hastings team but, as not all of our crew members were available on the day, another visit is being planned for later in the year.
Because we’re an independent rescue charity, it’s important to us to spend time with our professional colleagues from the RNLI, as we all work together to support water safety along this magnificent coastline. Additionally, being independent means we don’t always have the same access to the wider sharing of good practice that national rescue organisations benefit from. For this reason, it’s also extremely valuable for us to have the chance to discuss the latest equipment innovations and to exchange techniques and training ideas with local RNLI teams, just as we do with our HM Coastguard and HM Search and Rescue colleagues.
With all this in mind, we’re pleased to say that our training plans for 2019 include joint training with local and regional rescue colleagues, and discussions about this are already underway. Please keep visiting our website, Facebook and social media pages for updates and information if you’d like to read more about it as it happens.
And if you’d like to be involved in 2019, even better! Donations are always appreciated and volunteers are always welcome. Please contact us if you’d like to find out more.
In the meantime, many thanks to RNLI Hastings for our visit and lovely warm welcome, and we look forward to seeing you again soon (and seeing how many more of our team we can fit onto the stairwell)!
* ~ * And a final chance to wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our visitors and supporters * ~ *