Open Day 2019

Rain, rain go oyez!

Remember 2018?

We’re hoping to avoid the weather and a clash with the wonderful Rye Jazz Festival by moving our Open Day for 2019 to the May Bank Holiday weekend!

*Our next Open Day is Sunday 26th May 2019 at 12.00 noon*

How you can help

There are many ways to support the PLIRB Open Day:

  • Donations of good quality items for us to sell.
  • Donations of items, services or vouchers for our Grand Raffle.
  • Donations of refreshment items.
  • By signing up to come and help us on the day.
  • By coming along on the day, to spend time with the team, check out the stalls and have a go in the raffle!

If you’d like to help in any way, please contact us.

If you are not able to donate anything or come along but would like to help us, please …

  • Share our blog posts and social media posts to help us publicise our Open day.
  • Tell your friends and colleagues about us, so that they can be aware and even be there!

By the way …

We’re thinking of adding a silent auction to the fun this year, so we’d love to hear from you if you have something you would like to contribute to this. We’re particularly looking for contributions from local crafters, artists and artistes who might like to contribute a piece in return for some exposure for their work.

Please contact us to find out more about this by emailing PLIRBrescue@gmail.com with Silent Auction in the subject line, so that we can get back to you quickly.

If you’d like to know other ways you could be supporting us as a local, independent rescue charity, please take a look at our fundraising and donation pages.

Thanks to Robin Hood Bonfire Society, Icklesham


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 …

Kevin Wall, RHBS Chairman & Shaun O’Hara, PLIRB Helm

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.

Members of the PLIRB team enjoying the donation!

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.

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!

Thanks to Two Sawyers, Pett

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.

 

 

No Launch But Plenty of Practice

This Sunday, the weather was wet and a little windy, but compared to the recent thrashing from Storm Erik, the whole beach seemed remarkably calm. However, the point of the tide at the time of training and the fact that further high winds were predicted, meant that we focused on ‘dry’ training.

Of course, ‘dry’ training still involves a certain amount of getting wet! Kev mobilised our recovery vehicle, to take the boat to a few different locations and environments on the beach (shingle and sand) so that the teams could practice supporting the recovery of the boat into the trailer from the different surfaces of the beach, as shown:

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Training then moved indoors as base and boat crews spent time with our first aid kits. There are three good reasons why it’s important for us to do this:

  • For those of us who completed first aid training last summer, it’s useful to revisit everything in the kits.
  • For those who have not yet completed first aid training, seeing what’s in the kits is useful pre-training and familiarisation.
  • It’s good-practice to check through the first aid kits to check that everything is present and in-date.

Then training moved onto knot-practice for volunteers who still need to rehearse this as part of their training, whilst essential maintenance on the vehicles was carried out by our mechanic volunteers. Other trainees were also given GPS training, as knowing the techniques as well as the technology is also a vital part of success at sea.

Then it was time for a debrief and planning for future training. The next one’s coming around soon as we’ve also got mid-week training during the coming week – with our re-visit to RNLI Hastings on Thursday 14th (yes, a real save-the-date moment with our RNLI colleagues). We’re looking forward to this, particularly seeing their wonderful Shannon boat, and will update on here to share how the training goes.

We’re also planning another night-training session in the next few weeks, tide, moon and weather permitting. After such a long winter, it’s strange to now be trying to schedule this in for this month or the very start of March before the clocks change again!

In all, it was a busy morning at the boat house, with plenty going on and a considerable amount of planning for future work. If you’d like to be a part of it all, please contact us.

Thanks to Dynamic Events, Rye

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.

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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.