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.

190220 GAYL sign up screen

  • 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.

 

 

 

Thanks to Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club

We had a great evening with the Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club during the week. We were kindly invited to the Rother Chapter’s AGM at the Robin Hood in Icklesham, on 14th November 2018 to receive a donation from their fundraising efforts.

The presentation of a cheque for £600 was made at the start of the meeting, and was gratefully received by John Brooker. John gave a short talk, to pass on our thanks for this great donation and to share news on how this money will be used – for our Reserve Launch Vehicle fund.

With a group who are clearly mechanically minded, it was great to be able to share some of the details about the mechanical spec of the launch vehicle in its current state, and the extent of the mechanical and engineering works which need to be carried out in order to transform the vehicle into something more fit for our purpose. John gave a good outline of the planned works and of how the money will help towards this.

Sincere thanks to the TOMCC Rother Chapter, from all of the PLIRB team, both for inviting us and for your fundraising efforts on our behalf. Your donation is much appreciated and will be well spent, thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

Smile! You can now support us (at no cost to you) through Amazon

Good news this week! As a charity, we’re now fully signed up members of Amazon Smile, so any purchases made which include us as the nominated charity will mean Amazon make a donation to us.

Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Assn.

A full how-to page is coming soon in our Fundraising section, but in the meantime, please do have a go via Smile.Amazon.

Our charity account is detailed as Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Assn.  This title is important, even down to the full-stop at the end of Assn. because without this you won’t find us when trying to set us as your nominated charity for donations.

This fund-raising method is great for all of us because it doesn’t cost you anything – it’s Amazon who make the donation out of the purchase price of eligible purchases.

So if you’re going to be doing your Black Friday or Christmas shopping on Amazon, please do think of us!

Sainsbury’s Station Plaza putting *fun* into fundraising

Saturday 20th October 2018 was Regional Fundraising Day for Sainsbury’s, as part of their campaign to support local charities. And as Pett Level Independent Boat is the chosen charity for Sainsbury’s at Station Plaza, Hastings, we were invited along to the store to set up a stall and put a bit of fun into local fundraising!

 

Our mannequin has been in the store for a couple of months now, fully kitted out with suit and lifejacket, to help publicise Sainsbury’s support of the PLIRB.

 

As well as this, for Saturday’s event a gentle tide of crew members came and went across the day, running our stall set up in-store and offering information, freebies such as pens, pencils and key rings and some of our lovely calendars for sale. In this particular photo we have three Johns at the helm of the stall!


Collection boxes for donations were of course also available. A final count-up of the box on our stall revealed a £65 generously donated by people who stopped to chat to us and take an interest in our work.


Meanwhile, our friends at Sainsbury’s have shared that their own efforts so far with the collection boxes and staff events have raised just over £200 – that’s already 10% of their overall target for us, all of which is destined towards our recovery vehicle refurbishment fund.

We truly appreciate the support of the Sainsbury’s. As we’re a small local charity and an independent rescue boat, we are funded through our own fundraising and through our supporters, so the support from Sainsbury’s is really is making a difference. They’ll be sending through a few of their own photos from the day soon too, so please look in our gallery for these soon.

And a big thank you too, to everyone who stopped by to say hello and to those who made donations.

Oh, and please keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook … we’ve got some big news coming up about how you can help us to raise money, but without spending anything extra yourself!

Open Day Cash Up … the final number!

Our treasurer Stella’s been having a busy time counting up the income and outlay from August’s Open Day and we’re very happy to announce a final total of £1666.01!

This amount is amazing considering the absolutely awful weather conditions on the day, which meant that instead of being four hours long the overall event ended up being cut a little short, lasting just over two hours in all.

Huge thanks are due to all crew and friends-of volunteers who gave up a lot of time to prepare for and bring the event to life, as well as to those who braved the weather to come along support the event. Extra thanks are also offered to those who were unable to attend the event, but sent contributions instead.

All funds raised will be well used to help keep the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat afloat over the coming year and to boost funds available for vital equipment and repairs.

Every and all support is much appreciated, thank you all so much! :thumb: