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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Saves Lives at Sea



Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat station has had a fantastic start to 2012 with over £3,000 raised already from the generous support of local people.

The year got off to a chilly start with a ‘Loony Dook’ at Kinghorn beach raising £2,800, and then the annual SOS day raised £474, with a Songs On Saturday concert.

Kinghorn fundraising committee chairperson, Sheona Baxter said, ‘we are delighted by the start to 2012.

Sheona continued, ‘the inaugural Loony Dook in Kinghorn was a resounding success, with £2,500 presented to the station by local man Mark Gowans, as well as a further £300 collected on the day from supporters at the beach. We then had a very successful SOS day concert raising £474.’

Kinghorn resident Mark Gowans, who presented a cheque on Friday to members of Kinghorn lifeboat station said, ‘I was delighted with the event and the huge number of people who came out to support us. We raised £1,250 from money collected by the daring swimmers who took part, and my employer, Lifescan Scotland Ltd, very generously matched this so I was able to present a cheque for £2,500 to the brave volunteers of the RNLI at Kinghorn.

‘I thought it would be great to have an event at Kinghorn after a friend had asked me to go along to another new year swim. The setting of Kinghorn is great; a lovely beach, facilities, and the RNLI lifeboat station. Why did we need to go elsewhere? The event exceeded everyone’s expectations, and I’m certainly looking forward to next year!

‘I’m sure this money will help the RNLI charity to continue saving lives at sea. It’s always great to see the boat heading out on training exercises, and knowing that it is always available for people who get into difficulties.’

Kinghorn lifeboat has also had a busy start to 2012, with four callouts in January.