Open Day Thriller!
Bembridge Lifeboat station’s Open Day saw the spectacular launch and display of the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat ‘Alfred Albert Williams’, together with the inshore lifeboat ‘Norman Harvey’.
They performed a thrilling mock rescue scenario, entertaining the crowds which numbered more than 1,000. Strong winds prevented the craft stalls from attending, but there was still plenty of fun and entertainment for all ages, with activities for youngsters in the offshore boathouse ranging from dressing-up in junior lifeboat kit and colouring lifeboat pictures to ‘throwing the line to rescue a teddy bear’.
The HM Coastguard and the RNLI’s Sea Safety Officer also had information stands and offered valuable advice on marine–related safety issues, with members of the crew and Lifeboat Guild informing the public about the lifeboats and their operation. Members of the Lifeboat Guild provided drinks and refreshments throughout the day.
Former Bembridge lifeboat coxswain, Martin Woodward carried out personal signings of his new book ‘Bembridge Lifeboat Station – A Village Commitment’, proceeds from which, together with the money raised from the Open Day came to around £3,500, all going to support the lifeboats.
The winter opening times for the RNLI shop and offshore boathouse will be 2.0pm to 4.0pm from October 2nd, except for the school half-term week, October 22nd – 30th, when they will be from 11.0am to 4.0pm.
Anne’s mission to help Chemo Unit
Volunteer driver Anne Taylor from Lake has now raised more than £6,000 in her quest to provide an Ultra Sound Machine for the Chemotherapy Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.
Anne began her mission after driving elderly people to the Island ferry terminals so they could travel to Portsmouth and Southampton for treatment of cancer.
She felt strongly that they should be able to receive the treatment here to safe the hassle on tiring journeys, After talking to IW NHS Trust lead cancer nurse Anne Snow, Anne began her fund-raising campaign with a series of events, that she hopes will eventually help her reach the £30,000 target to buy the much-needed equipment for the hospital, which detects cancer early and can then be treated here on Island.
Anne Snow said: “The Trust is very appreciative of the fund-raising efforts that are being made for equipment that will benefit the care of cancer patients on the Island.”
Anne Taylor has been driving voluntarily for Community Action IOW for the past 10 years, and was joined on the road by husband Bob when he retired from his full-time job five years ago.
She said: “When I started fund-raising nine months ago, I was hoping I might reach the target inside a year. It is going to take a bit longer than that, but I’m confident I will finally get there. I am receiving good support from both Shanklin Conservative Club and Shanklin Rotary Club.”
Her next fund-raiser is a Race Night (on the mat) with Thai/Chinese meal on December 9th at 7.0pm at
the Lions Community Hall, Lake (car park). Take your own drinks and glasses, with tickets in advance, only £7.50.
There will also be a ‘Murder Mystery’ evening in January and a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at Shanklin Conservative Club in February.
Anyone who wants to attend any of the events, or would like to contribute to Anne’s fund-raising efforts should contact her on (01983) 406533.