June 2017 Update.

On Saturday, 10th June 2017, again our loyal and dedicated volunteers enjoyed another store collection, this time the local Withernsea Aldi Store. They raised a fantastic £280.08.  Well done.

But if that wasn’t enough, the dedicated Hornsea Ladies, held a small morning collection on the Saturday 17th June 2017 and raised a brilliant £161.60.

On Sunday 18th June 2017, Hull held it’s annual 10K race, but two entries was a little bit different, firstly they just happened to be members of the RNLI Withernsea Crew, Darren Hickey and Matthew Woodhouse. Instead of wearing normal running gear, these two brave souls decided to wear their full RNLI kit.


Imagine what it would be like running in that outfit, but to make matters worse, remember the weather on the Sunday 18th June, yes! temperatures peaked at 30 degrees.  So would have wilted in that weather, but good for you! You achieved it and were awarded your medals.  So far they have raised £500, but when all the monies have been received, are hoping the final figure to be in excess of £1,000.

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On a final note, it is with regret that our RNLI Humber and Holderness Treasurer Sue Thompson passed away on the Saturday 10th June, and was cremated on Tuesday 27th June 2017, at Hallemprice Crematorium, Willerby.

She will be sadly missed by the RNLI Humber and Holderness Committee and Supporters.


May 2017 update.




On Saturday 3rd May 2017, the RNLI Humber and Holderness Fundraising Branch held a store collection, at our local Withernsea Tesco.  Our loyal and dedicated volunteers braved the cold and collected £225.64.


Trinity 2


Despite the cancellation of the RNLI Row from Grimsby to Hull, to have been held on the Friday 12th May due to technical failure.  Is hoped to be held soon.  As soon as information is available, we will let you know.   However, the second part of the MAYDAY Event held on Saturday 13th May 2017 at Hull Marina went without a hitch.

The event was visited by various people, such as the Archbishop of York, The Mayor of Hull, just a few to name.  The day’s events, including the street collection and tombola, collected £862.58, however as soon as we are aware of the final figure for the event, it will be posted on the website.  So keep watching.



MAYDAY: Saturday 13th May 2017


Here’s a collection of photographs taken on the day from a selection of branch members.

The first selection sees the arrival of the Archbishop.

Also in attendance was a local RNLI Crewman.

Not forgetting the Coastguard


With a visit from the Mayor and the First Admiral of the Humber.

A special thanks to those who attended were the Sea Cadets and Trinity School

Not forgetting the furry Newfoundland Waterdogs.

A huge thanks must be given to the RNLI Fundraisers, who spent all day collecting.



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To be a voluntary fundraiser? 

What’s in it for me? 

Nothing! Or is there?

The word “charity” has several definitions but the one that suits us and the work of the RNLI is “an institution or fund for helping the needy.“

This green and pleasant land is an island with over 9000 miles of coastline, our history and heritage are intrinsically bound into the sea and we still rely heavily on shipping for our economy. This combined with more leisure time has attracted vast numbers to water whether it be sea, lake or river.

In 2015, the RNLI’s lifeboat crews rescued 7,973 people during 8,228 launches at sea and our lifeguards assisted 18,181 people in 15,714 incidents on our shores. In addition to that, the RNLI’s specially-trained Flood Rescue Team helped 400 people during December’s floods in Cumbria. Considering 95 % of the people involved with the RNLI are volunteers, we do punch above our weight.

All the money raised comes from public donations which pay for the lifeboat service around the United Kingdom and Ireland. Neither does the RNLI charge for the emergency service it provides.

The funds are raised by over 20,000 ordinary people throughout the land. Our committee in 2014 raised £50K this was generated from street collections, race evenings, fashion shows, tombolas, half marathon runs, and social events. Many presentations about the RNLI were given by my wife to raise awareness in schools about the dangers of the sea as well as to other organisations such as the Masons, Rotary, WI and Round Table. The committee comprises of 12 people from various backgrounds and the synergy generated creates a collage of ideas. In doing so, these new ideas are developed into events and are our building blocks to go to out to new venues, making new contacts and to raise funds.

At the end of April 2016, we will have a huge boost in the Yorkshire region as the RNLI has been chosen as the partner charity for the Tour De Yorkshire, an event which coincides with our national fundraising campaign, Mayday. That will bring lots of opportunities for us to raise funds, promote our safety messages and possibly attract new volunteers.

Sadly I have read in the local paper that there are an increasing number of people that are lonely which is adversely impacting on their health.

Volunteering for the RNLI will bring you into contact with friends on a regular basis; stimulate new positive thoughts giving a feeling of self-worth, and you will contribute to saving lives at sea, on the beach and in flooded areas.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9902 or at CommunitySupportTeam@rnli.org.uk


Malcolm Watkinson


RNLI Humber & Holderness Branch

A night of elegance.


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The Fashion Show held in the Klass shop at Hornsea Freeport on the evening of Wednesday 5 April proved to be a huge success and was held in conjunction with the RNLI Humber and Holderness Fundraising Branch. Ticket sales exceeded expectations (£350) and together with money from the raffle (£109) and a generous donation of £20, the sum of £479 was raised. Klass have also told us that there will be a percentage donation from takings on the evening which will be forwarded once agreed with their Head Office.

Thanks to the staff at Klass, models and helpers and to everyone who came along to support the evening.

It was such a success that we are hoping to hold another one in September – so watch this space!


A Charity Night


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On a cold February night, members of the Withernsea Boating Social Club held a Charity Night in Aid of the RNLI.  That night, Saturday 25th February 2017 turned out to be a fantastic event, with a variety of entertainment and at the end of the evening, the Withernsea Boating Social Club raised £578.90

Then on Saturday 11th March 2017, the fundraisers from the RNLI Humber and Holderness branch was asked to attend to receive a cheque for that amount.


From left to right, Phil Crocker, Chairman of the Social Club, Chairman of the Fundraising Branch, Malcolm Watkinson, Martin Woodhouse and John Talbot, crew members of the Withernsea Lifeboat and Deputy Press Secretary of the fundraising branch, Lynn Evans.