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ENGINEERING FUNDS FOR NEW LIFEJACKETS FOR THE RNLI

28/02/2012

A Grangemouth engineering consultancy has bought four new lifejackets for RNLI volunteers at Kinghorn Lifeboat Station.

IKM Consulting, a multi disciplinary engineering consultancy, raised £1,320.00 during a series of money raising initiatives for the RNLI’s national SOS fundraising event on January 26th.

This money bought four new lifejackets for Kinghorn lifeboat station, after a national fundraising drive was launched by the RNLI to equip the charity’s volunteers with a new design of lifejacket, currently being rolled out to every station in the country.

The company held a cake sale, filled a lifeboat collection box with change, and staff took part in an RNLI SOS day sweepstake competition in which half of the proceeds went to the RNLI. IKM then matched the money raised, and contributed a further £364, to total a magnificent £1,320.

IKM Managing Director, Ian Maclachlan, a keen sailor and supporter of the RNLI, decided to challenge the company to raise enough money to equip the Kinghorn crew with new lifejackets after an RNLI magazine arrived showing a new lifejacket being trialled by IKM environmental scientist Neil Chalmers, a volunteer helmsman at Kinghorn lifeboat station.

Ian Maclachlan said, ‘we regularly hold fundraising events for charities and good causes at IKM. I thought it would be a great to be able to purchase lifejackets for the crew at Kinghorn. The RNLI receives no government funding; so fundraising events like this are essential to allow the volunteer crews to continue saving lives at sea.

‘I must thank everyone who took part in the events, and who helped to organise the events. It was very much a team effort, and I’m delighted by the response by everyone.

‘It is a great means of getting each team working together, and they can all take satisfaction in the outcome. I would urge other companies to consider similar events to raise money for the RNLI!’

The RNLI and lifejacket manufacturer, Crewsaver, have designed the new lifejackets. The lifejackets incorporate modern technologies, allowing more freedom of movement for crewmembers, and allowing them to remain as safe as possible in the challenging environment they work in.

Further details of how to take part in fundraising events for the RNLI can be found on its website.