RNLI set for charity car wash


The RNLI in Skegness has announced plans for the maritime charity’s big ‘SOS Day’ fundraising push.

Skegness lifeboat crew members will be holding a fundraising car wash event outside the Skegness Lifeboat Station this Saturday (February 1).

“Tea, coffee and soup will be available inside the lifeboat station while the crew wash the cars outside - all for the very bargainous [sic] suggested minimum donation of just £5,” said Skegness RNLI crew member Russ Matthews. “We’re hoping to break records this year and raise over £1,000 by washing at least 200 cars.”

The car wash will be open from 9am to 5pm.

For more information about the RNLI’s SOS Day go to www.rnli.org/SOS.

The announcement of the car wash comes just after the RNLI reported a surge in rescues in 2013 in its northern region - which includes Lincolnshire.

Although the Skegness crews enjoyed a relatively ‘quiet’ summer considering the consistent good weather, the same was not the case elsewhere, with neighbouring Mablethorpe’s crew amongst the region’s busiest.

In total more than 1,000 people were rescued by north of England RNLI volunteer crews. RNLI lifeguards on 29 beaches in the north also responded to 2,252 incidents and helped 2,803 people.

Mablethorpe was the ninth busiest RNLI station in the north, with 124 incidents and 133 people helped.