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!

Taking a Team Moment

A sunny Sunday morning … but it’s not just about the training.

This Sunday’s training out on the water didn’t all go as planned. It was one of those mornings when the effects of the tide and necessary maintenance and checks on boats and vehicles of course took priority! In turn, this impacts on the type of activities we carry out  during our Sunday morning sessions.

As a result, this Sunday was much more about ‘getting sorted’ vehicle-wise, boathouse-wise and preparation for the summer season with a busy beach-wise! As usual, the team all pulled together to make sure that the necessary tasks were carried out. In Sunday sessions like this, this is done in ways which still accommodate the sharing of knowledge and experience across the team. For example, full crew volunteers are particularly great at showing new volunteers how tasks are carried out safely and efficiently, whether on the boat or in the base.

A team of volunteers is still a ‘working’ team

Watching all of this take place, it’s great to see the levels of teamwork and hard work which goes into making our independent rescue service so efficient and diligent. Of course, not every team member is there every week – several of our members weren’t available this weekend – but that’s all part of what happens and it’s another way in which the overall PLIRB team has a progressive and constantly adapting dynamic.

In fact, one of the real strengths of our team is that individuals step in and out of roles as required. For instance, someone could be leading teams or sub-teams one week and being trained in a new task or activity the next. This variety is great preparation for ‘Shout’ situations, when the team at base and on the boats will rely on whatever combination of individuals (and their skills) are able to get to the boathouse quickly in time to launch.

It’s a more than a little sad for us that several of our younger volunteers (all full crew members) will be moving away after the summer. We’re glad to see them taking their next steps to progress their future careers, but they will be sorely missed. This is one of the reasons we took the opportunity to grab a quick suited-and-booted ‘some of the team’ photo, even though not all of the crew were around.

All of these younger crew members readily share that being part of the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat has helped them in forging their chosen career paths. Thankfully for us,  they’ll be around for a few weeks yet and they’re keen to share their knowledge and to help other would-be volunteers to find out what it’s like to be part of our boat and base crews. So if you would like to find out more, please do come along to the boathouse from 9 a.m. any Sunday and chat to us.

 

A Visitor & A Big Thank You

This weekend we had a lovely visitor! Tony Heath came along to receive a big thank you from the PLIRB.

An enthusiastic sailor, Tony Heath recently retired his boat . Tony’s wife, Diana, suggested he might want to donate some of his equipment somewhere it would be appreciated and, thankfully for Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, Tony chose us. And it’s true to say that we are really feeling the benefits from his decision and from the wealth of equipment he’s donated to us, including ropes and a small Zodiac boat, complete with oars.

This Zodiac boat has especially been a great extension to our training. It’s perfect for the crew to use in rescue training scenarios. Trainees can use it to row out to sea then, once offshore, the oars are taken out of the water to simulate a ‘drifting’ vessel. Crews then practice safe rescue of this smaller-sized vessel. In fact, we carried out this type of rescue last year, in particular a group of persons drifting out to open sea from the Camber area.

At the height of the season, inflatables drifting out to sea is a common call-out for us in our efforts to keep the public safe at the beach. A ‘drifting’ Zodiac is a good approximation for an inflatable of various sizes and shapes, so it’s great to have it for additional practice.

Our eagle-eyed supporters may also have spotted that the Zodiac was used in this way for the sea display last weekend at our Open Day.

This weekend it was Tony’s turn to be part of the team, when he joined crew on our Pulfer boat for a pre-training excursion. This involved a trip along the water to Cliff End, plus some interactions with the smaller Tornado boat. Tony’s wife was also able to enjoy spending time with the base crew, watching from the Look Out area of the boathouse.

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We’d like to say a very public thank you to Tony for his equipment donations. These have made a big difference to us in terms of training. By supplying equipment we might otherwise have had to pay for, Tony has also saved us a significant amount of funds. Thank you so much, Tony!

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!