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Supporters of Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station didn’t let the wet weather deter them from coming along to the annual Open Day on Saturday; they helped the station raise over £2,800 for the RNLI.

The 2012 Open Day, the annual highlight of the station’s fundraising efforts, took place on Saturday despite the poor weather, however, the station’s volunteers and supporters still managed to run all of the planned activities to make a success of the day.

The crowds were treated to a range of activities which included throwing the yellow welly, beach games and stalls including plants, tombola and home-baking. There were also visits from HM Coastguard, Newfoundland rescue dogs and a Royal Navy rescue helicopter.

The highlight of the day was a rescue demonstration in Kinghorn bay involving the lifeboat, Royal Navy helicopter ‘Rescue 177’ and the Kinghorn Coastguard Rescue Team. The scenario involved a capsized kayak, with the paddler winched into the helicopter from the water, before being winched back to the lifeboat.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Wibberley said, ‘Our annual Open Day was again a great success this year. The final total of over £2,800 was a hugely satisfying result for the fundraising committee and the crew who have worked so hard over the past few months, and on Saturday to make the day a success.

‘Our final total was slightly lower than 2011, but with the weather we experienced on Saturday the £2,800 far exceeded expectations. We are hugely grateful to our supporters who came along anyway and supported the station. It costs around £145 million per year to run the RNLI and provide rescue coverage 24/7 from 235 lifeboat stations around the country. Fundraising events such as this are essential, as we receive no UK government funding.

‘I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who supported us, as well as all of the lifeboat crew, fundraisers and friends who helped in the preparation and running of this very successful event.’