For a Limited Time, It’s Now Possible To Support Us When You Shop at Asda

Good news, good news! For a limited time this summer, it’s possible to support us at no extra cost to yourself. How? Simply by shopping in-store at Asda St. Leonards!

Because the great news is that for the next three months, we’re one of the charity donation nominees at the St. Leonard’s store.

As a nominated rescue boat charity, the Pett Level Independent Rescue boat is in with the chance of gaining a fundraising boost through Asda’s Green Token Giving scheme.

Each store has three prizes of 1st place: £500, 2nd & 3rd place: £200 each. In each case, the donation is made by Asda, to the charity.


The token system


How it works is that qualifying purchases made at the Asda store mean you’ll be offered a green token when you pay at the checkout. Then, on the way out of the store, there’s the choice of placing your green token into the token collection point. At this point, you’ll have a choice from three charities – only one of which can win first prize.

At the end of the 3 months, the tokens are counted up and the winning charity gains the 1st place prize of £500, with the runner up charities each receiving £200 from Asda.

The other chosen charities alongside us for this fun competition are the Hastings Sea Cadets and Surviving the Streets. Both of these charities do amazing work in the local area, so please take a look at their websites and the work they do.

Doing this in advance of your shopping at Asda means you can make a well-informed choice about where to pop your green token! Of course, we’d love it if you could support us  – by the way, ours is the blue collection pathway, just like our shirts – but we’d also like you to be aware of your options – we’re all great local causes after all. As such, we’d also like to wish both the Hastings Sea Cadets and Surviving the Streets all the very best from this fundraiser too – it’s great to be sharing this opportunity with them, thanks to Asda.


See you there?


To help raise our profile, funds and sea safety awareness, Asda has also given us permission to run our own donation-day fundraiser up at Asda St. Leonards on Saturday 17th August. We’ll be up there for most of the day, complete with our Tornado boat, so it would be great if you could come along and say hello. Please do also come along and talk to us on the day if you’d like to know more about volunteering with us – it would be great to tell you all about it.

As an independent lifeboat charity, we do all of our own fundraising to pay our running and training costs.

We’d really like to say thank you so much to Asda for their support in helping us to raise these vital funds. Thank you!

Open Day 2019 – grand total & updates!

Oyez! Oyez! This year’s Open Day on Sunday 26th May 2019 was amazing!

The total raised so far is a massive £2682.08 …

thanks to everyone who has supported us with time, prize donations & by coming along.

Yes, our day was remarkable … the sun shone (mostly), some wonderful people came along to help us on the day and many more came along to enjoy the activities and support us and other community charities who were with us on the day, Rother Respinders and Hastings Young People’s Service (shown below).




To put our massive total into context, last year we raised approximately £1600 in two hours of absolutely appalling weather.

This year however, our £2682.08 (…and counting) was raised in four hours.

As the afternoon continued, we had to bring forward our the sea display, as a bit of windy weather came rolling in … so a massive thank you to everyone who stayed to watch this despite the sea wall area becoming a bit of a cold and draughty place to stand!

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After the afternoon of extra-volume announcements thanks to Mayor and Town Crier of Rye, Paul Goring, we then had the fun of the raffle drawn by John Godley, Mayor of Winchelsea.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us.

Your support will help to keep us afloat for another year and is much appreciated.

Open Day – Quick Update & Thank YOU!

The counting continues, but in the meantime we’d like to offer a big thank you to those who helped make Open Day 2019 such a success!


Open Day 2019 – updates!

This year’s Open Day on Sunday 26th May 2019 is nearly here! Find out how our plans are going …

Yes, our early-in-the-year Open Day is nearly here. Latest planned schedule is looking like this:

12.00 noon     Event begins … woo hoo, the sun will come out and everything will be lovely! Of course.

Activities will include:

  • Music from Stevie Smith – blues, rock, harp, harmonica – something for everybody!
  • Charity stalls to support Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, Rother Responders, Hastings Young People’s Service.
  • Other local trader stalls whose pitch fee will support PLIRB.
  • Games and activities.
  • Motorbike line-up and photo opportunities.
  • Our boats will be out in the sun (weather permitting) for viewing – come ask your questions and have your photo taken.
  • Face painting.
  • Cakes and refreshments.
  • BBQ and Pimms.
  • Grand Raffle – star prizes include £100 cash; an overnight stay in a sea view room courtesy of The White Rock Hotel, Hastings; vouchers for local attractions; hampers and much more.
  • Silent auction  – for star prize of a 3 – 4 night self-catering break at certain parks, courtesy of Park Holidays.
  • Bottle tombola.

Confirmed visitors include the:

  • John Godley, Mayor of Winchelsea
  • Paul Goring, Mayor & Town Crier of Rye.
  • Motorbike visitors from Busa Riders UK.

Possible visitors include local Rother Police, who may come to present us with a donation cheque from the Rother Police Property Fund.

3.30 pm      Sea display by our volunteer boat and base crews, using one or both of our boats.

Followed by … drawing of the Grand Raffle by the Rye Town Crier, and revealing of the winning bid in our Secret Auction.

Please note that although we carry out rescues in all weathers, for your comfort on the day our sea display will only take place if the weather conditions are fair. 

Further updates as they happen, do come join us if you can!

Good news! Our Give as you Live fundraiser is now up and running!

Yes, the good news is that we’re in the lucky position of now being able to benefit when our volunteers, friends and supporters are shopping online.
And the even better news? It won’t cost anyone an extra penny to do so!

A while back we teamed up with Give as you Live and we’re now getting the party started! Like our fundraising through Smile.Amazon, Give as you Live offers a similar way for us to raise funds without asking our friends and supporters to part with any extra money. Yes, simply by shopping online for items you’d have been buying anyway, you could be raising money for us.

Give as you Live is an online shopping platform which links to over 4,000 online stores. When you use our link to shop at any of these stores through the Give as you Live platform, any purchase you make tracks through to generate free funds for us.

All you need to do

Helping us out this way won’t make a difference to the cost of what you’re buying, but can certainly make a difference to how much we can raise across the year. All you need to do to get started:

  • Use this PLIRB LINK to visit the Give as you Live platform.
  • Have a read all about it and see if you like what you see :)
  • If you think it’s a good way to shop and donate at the same time, we’d appreciate it if you could register to use Give as you Live. Their process is pretty easy and as long as you’ve used our link to access the registration page, you should be able to see that you’re supporting us through our name and information at the top of the page.

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  • After this, you’ll be able to browse the stores and choose your favourites.
  • You can then log straight into your Give as you Live account each time you want to shop and one of these stores, and a donation will automatically be made to us.

From holidays and travel, to clothing and gifts, everything you buy which is tracked through Give as you Live will raise funds for us.

Don’t worry if you forget to use our link or if you want to get your friends donating and start telling them all about it rather than sharing the link. It’s fine to just register with Give as you Live then, from ‘inside’ the platform, it’s just a case of searching for us and nominating us as the chosen charity for donations.

This how-to post has been saved as a page for future reference, but we’ll also be putting reminders and updates on the blog every now and again. Until then, if you could share this page and our GAYL link with your friends, that would be amazing – and much appreciated!

For now though, we’d just like to say thank you so much for helping us out with this … and happy shopping!

It All Adds Up Thanks to Fairlight Stores and the Fairlight Community

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.

Thank you all very much.