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Community / Lifeboat ball raises thousands

The Lerwick lifeboat on a previous shout. Photo: Mark BerryThe Lerwick Lifeboat. Photo: Mark Berry

THE ANNUAL lifeboat ball has raised almost £7,500 for the RNLI.

The event, held in the Shetland Hotel on 1 November by the Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild, raised £7,461 for the charity.

Guild treasurer Rhoda Watt thanked Brudolff Hotels for sponsoring the event.

She said: “Special thanks goes to Brudolff Hotels who sponsored us again this year, and delivered an excellent meal. The staff were all so helpful and made the evening extra special.”

Watt gave a resume of the fundraising activities carried out throughout the year, raising a total of £31,935. She acknowledged the generosity of the Shetland public towards the RNLI, particularly in light of the many charities competing for funds.

She said: “A big thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to help achieve such an outstanding total.”

Lerwick lifeboat coxswain Darren Harcus talked about the crew and the shouts that had taken place during the year. The raffle was then drawn, before the dancing commenced.

The Lifeboat Shop is now open each Saturday until Christmas, selling Christmas cards, calendars, diaries and lifeboat souvenirs.

Santa will arrive in Lerwick by lifeboat on Saturday 30 November, for the switching on of the Christmas lights. He will then be in his grotto in the lifeboat shop on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December.