Our 2023 Calendar Photo Competition Has Entries!

Time to update on our photo competition for our 2023 fundraising calendar. And the big news is … we now have entries!

photo competition, PLIRB 2023 Calendar
John Shipp’s a keen supporter of our calendar photo competition, winning MAY in our 2022 calendar.

And John’s into the competition again for 2023. This time around he’s submitted 5 amazing local scenes, including this lovely low tide at Cliff End!
photo competition 2023 calendar

Entries welcome for our 2023 Calendar Photo Competition

Have you got an inspiring image you’d like to include, to get you into the competition and maybe onto our charity calendar?

From scenic seascapes and lovely landscapes to splendid skies and amazing aspects, we warmly invite you to enter our photo competition and help raise money to support our independent rescue boat charity, all at the same time! But the clock’s ticking so don’t leave it to the last moment … entries in as soon as possible please!

Full details, Ts & Cs for entry are on our competition donation page, JUST CLICK HERE!

This year, we’ll finally be able to include a gallery of the photo competition entries on the website, so please keep checking back for more info and up dates. And in the meantime, please contribute your wonderful images and join in this FUNdraiser!

And thanks again to John for supporting our independent rescue boat charity with this wonderful shot … of a very favourite spot!



PLIRB 2023 Calendar Photography Competition

Yes, it’s back … by popular demand! After the amazing success of last year’s FUNdraiser calendar photography competition, we’ve just launched this year’s competition to find the best local photos for our 2023 calendar!

photo competition 2023 calendar
From scenic seascapes, lovely landscapes to splendid skies, we warmly invite you to enter our competition and help raise money to support our independent rescue boat charity, all at the same time!
Just like last year, there will be 12 x winners, each receiving 2 x free 2023 calendars as a prize. You can see some of the lucky winners receiving theirs in the asset above. There will also be an overall winner, receiving the special extra prize of a voucher for a canvas print.
The image below show 2022’s overall winning photograph by Julia Blake-Callow. This was an entry which won for September in the calendar as was judged overall winner by friend of PLIRB, the wonderful Jo Brand.
photography competition 2022

Entries welcome for our 2023 Calendar Photography Competition

As this is a FUNdraiser for us, we do request a donation of £5 per photo entry please, up to a maximum of 5 entries per person.
Full details, Ts & Cs for entry are on our competition donation page, JUST CLICK HERE! Competition closes 4th September 2022.
We’re so excited to see some of the fabulous photos we know will be coming this way. Just a few more tweaks to our website and we’ll be able to showcase them on our website pages too.
In the meantime, please don’t leave it to the last minute! Get those entries in so we can share them and generate the same wonderful interest in our photography competition as we enjoyed last year. It’s also makes judging so much more exciting to have plenty of entries to choose from! More info on this year’s judge coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who supports our competitions and fundraisers – we can’t do what we do without you! Good luck in the competition!



Our Charity Shed is Open for 2022!

We’re excited to share that our very own charity shop – that’s actually a very fine shed – is now open again for the 2022 season!

charity shop, charity shed fundraising
Yes, the sun shone brightly yesterday for the reopening of the PLIRB Charity Shed! We’ve kept this fundraising going through the winter with our Facebook ‘Charity Shed’ online auctions. However, it’s lovely to be back outside the boathouse on Sunday mornings for a bit of FUNdraising with visitors and the local community.
Things are a little different this year, as our wonderful Barbara takes a bit of a break. She will still be around though and some of our other volunteers will be taking turns at the tables! This weekend’s willing and welcoming volunteers minding the stall included John and Pauline, pictured above.
charity shed, charity shop fundraiser for PLIRB
The charity shed will be opening up every Sunday outside the Boathouse from 10am to 4pm. You’ll find a fabulous selection of bric-a-brac, curios and household items for sale – and even some furniture and textiles from time to time. You can also find some of our fundraising merchandise, including our greetings cards.
We also welcome donations of quality, saleable household items to our charity shed. However, unlike a traditional charity shop, we don’t really have the space to store clothing or books so please be aware that we can’t accept these.
A huge thank you to everyone who supports our charity shed, through buying items or donating them to us for sale, your generosity and support really is appreciated!



Dry January Fundraiser

A huge congratulations to members of our crew Martin Geldart and Nick Wise, plus long-time PLIRB supporter Dawn Turner.

dry january fundraiser, PLIRB

Between them, this amazing trio took part in a Dry January fundraiser and raised an incredible £1200 for our charity.

This money will go towards much needed new dry suits for the crew, plus a little left over for some of the other essential equipment needed to keep us #rescueready

 This isn’t the first personal challenge amongst our supporters and crew which have raised vital funds for us. Who can forget the crazy beard growing of crew members in lockdown, or the epic cycle ride of Sean O’Sullivan when our community fundraising was closed during the pandemic.

If you have the time and the idea for a personal challenge which could support us – from a Dry January fundraiser, right through to a Christmas challenge in December – we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us.



Lucy’s Pett Polar Bear Challenge Fundraiser for PLIRB

We’re very pleased to share that friend and neighbour of our rescue boat charity, Lucy Hogg is going the extra mile to raise funds for us, with the Polar Bear Challenge.

Since 1st November 2021, Lucy has been taking regular dips just off the Pett Level slipway, wearing nothing but her swinsuit! That’s right, no wet suit or thermals, the Polar Bear Challenge demands swimming outdoors in just a swimsuit, right through the winter!

 The Polar Bear Challenge runs from 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022. As well as the swimsuit requirement, Lucy is competing in the Gold level of the challenge, which means she needs to swim 1000m a month, with two of the swims being a distance of 250m each.

And amazingly, through all of this effort, Lucy has also taken up the challenge of raising vital funds for Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat. So every time Lucy steps into the freezing water, she’s raising funds for us at the same time!


“I signed up for a personal challenge but I’d also like to raise money for a very special local charity – Pett Level Rescue Boat. I swim just off their slip and they do such an amazing job and its all run by volunteers.”

Lucy Hogg, Polar Beach Challenger


Lucy’s set up a Give As You Live donation page and has set a target of £500. There’s just over a month to go until 31st of March and just over £300 to go for Lucy to meet her target, so if anyone would like to support Lucy’s efforts, please visit her page and make a donation.

Lucy Hogg Give As You LIve Polar Bear Challenge


With a month still to go, you can check Lucy’s progress on the page. We’ll also keep you updated on our social media, so please keep checking back for the next update on Pett Level’s very own polar bear challenger!

Thanks so much Lucy, from all our volunteers.

PLIRB Thanks Fairlight Parish and Rother Council

Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat is pleased to say a huge thank you to our local councils – first Fairlight Parish Council and also the wider Rother council, for recent assistance at a difficult time.

To start with, after the difficulties presented by the new year lockdown which has had further impact on our charity’s ability to fundraise during the pandemic, our local parish council, Fairlight Parish Council made a very welcome donation of £250. This parish council grant could not have been more timely for our charity and will be extremely helpful as planned restrictions start to ease and there is more call upon our self-funded rescue services – huge thanks to all involved in this grant.

Then, our volunteer had a welcome surprise when, in April and after almost a year of trying, our charity secured a Rother Discretionary Grant payment of just under £5,000.

But it was no surprise that Fairlight resident and Rother councillor Andrew Mier, who has been aware of our difficulties across 2020, was one of the first to express his delight for us. Andrew has remained in touch throughout as he has been particularly mindful of the problems our charity has experienced in accessing any of the government’s ‘rescue’ funding for charities via the local Rother Council, so he was keen to hear the good news and what it means for our charity.

Although unable to visit the boathouse at the time due to restrictions, once the most recent round of unlocking took place and visitors were allowed Cllr. Mier popped down to the boathouse for a catch up.


“I am very pleased that Rother has awarded the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat a discretionary grant in recognition of their loss of income from fundraising activity during the pandemic. The boat’s vital work had to carry on while income was curtailed.”

Cllr, Andrew Mier

During his visit on Sunday 23rd May 2021, Cllr. mier was able to see our volunteers in action, quite literally, as they worked to remove the remaining rubbish and pollution gathered in the recent Strandliners’ beach clean up at Fairlight Cove.

As a Fairlight resident, Cllr. Mier is aware of the difficulties with pollution in the area and of the work being undertaken by volunteers to keep the local environment and its users – human, flora, fauna or fishes – to stay clean and safe.


“I am also very pleased to see the rescue boat working with Strandliners to remove and analyse troubling quantities of plastic waste from our beaches […] We are very lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers serving our community and I thank all concerned for what they are doing.”

Cllr, Andrew Mier

It was great to have our first proper visit from someone ‘outside’ of our volunteer teams, now that this is permitted. It was also particularly good to see Cllr. Mier and his partner Carol (as pictured with our Chair, Kev) to be able to say thank you for the ongoing support. Kev was also able to say an official thank you to our local Rother Councillor for the grant:

“Along with many charities, we have struggled with the impact of the pandemic on our ability to raise money for our significant running costs. Achieving this grant enables us to continue to provide rescue services as lockdown lifts and local beaches become busier, and we appreciate the support and recognition from Councillor Mier and Rother District Council.”


As an independent charity providing rescue services, we are run solely by volunteers. 

We receive no government funding, so we have to fundraise every penny needed to buy and maintain our equipment and to pay our considerable running costs. 

Since the start of 2020, these have increased to over £10,000 a year.

If you would like to support us, your donation would really be appreciated as it will help us assist those in danger on our local coastline.

Thank you so much, from the volunteers at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat.