The ladies from Carnlough Womens Institute (WI) have for many years been loyal and enthusiastic supporters of the RNLI and especially to their local RNLI Lifeboat station at Red Bay.
Living in a town on the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland, the members are only too aware of the value of a local lifeboat.
This year they were invited to the station for an evening visit so they could meet some of the crew and see for themselves exactly how their donations are used.
The group was given a presentation on the role and work of the RNLI and then shown some of the equipment used by the crew.
Some of the members were brave enough to climb aboard the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, named “Geoffery Charles”, and were given a tour of the boat.
The evening was concluded when the Carnlough WI president, Silvia Wray, presented a cheque for the RNLI, to Neil Workman MBE, the chairman of the Glens Lifeboat Guild.
The funds were raised by the hard work of WI members throughout the year and especially, from their Vintage Day, held each year, at the end of July. With the help and generosity of supporters, such as Carnlough WI, the charity is able to provide the vital Lifeboat safety cover that exists around the coasts of Britain and Ireland.
The RNLI is a purely voluntary organisation without any state funding, relying solely on contributions from the public.
The RNLI, the crew at Red Bay and all the members of The Glens Lifeboat Guild are all extremely grateful to the ladies from Carnlough for their ethusiastic support.