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Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers held a record breaking annual Open Day on Saturday, raising a magnificent £4,647.00 for the RNLI charity.

Kinghorn was blessed with dry weather and sunshine on Saturday which helped improve the attendance with large crowds enjoying the many attractions, stalls and beach activities on offer.

Supporters were treated to displays by the lifeboat in the bay, Newfoundland rescue dogs and the tug Cramond from Hound Point displaying her fire-fighting capability and manoeuvrability. Onshore the local Coastguard Rescue Team were displaying equipment and offering safety advice, whilst the Ambulance Service brought some of their specialist retrieval equipment. This was complemented by traditional stalls including home baking, plants, and lifeboat gifts.

Fundraising chairperson Sheona Baxter said after, ‘I am once again astounded at the support we have enjoyed from the community today, and the record £4,647.00 raised for the RNLI is fantastic.

‘Events such as the Open Day require a lot of planning and organisation, however they are essential to raise funds for the RNLI – we do not receive any support from the UK government, and It costs around £140 million per year to run this lifesaving service, and 92% of this income is generated from donations at fundraising events like our Open Day.

‘I would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us today, and to all the volunteers and donors who made it possible to host this successful event.

‘We have been lucky with the weather this year following the heavy rain we experienced last year and this is reflected in our total.’

The next fundraising event in planning will be the annual Spooky Walks, held around Halloween.