2 March 2024

Former bird club members wing huge donation to Hornsea lifeboat

Hornsea Inshore Rescue received a visit from members of the now disbanded Hornsea Bird Club on Friday.

The object of the group’s visit was to present the charity with a donation of £1,674.82 which was the amount remaining in the charity’s coffers since it was wound up earlier this year.

Sue Boyd, its treasurer, said that the club had fallen victim to a dwindling membership particularly exacerbated by the Covid pandemic and had become no longer viable.

The remaining committee members decided they would like the remaining funds to go to
a local deserving charity and chose Hornsea Inshore Rescue.

Sue’s late husband had been the treasurer of the Hornsea Sea Angling Club and all three members had enjoyed visiting the Hornsea Boat Launch and watching the lifeboat being launched.

Accepting the donation on behalf of Hornsea Inshore Rescue, crewman Dale Walker thanked the group, saying that it was welcome donations such as these which had enabled the charity to bring forward its five-year development plan and purchase an up-to-date replacement lifeboat complete with new engines and specialised launching trolley.

Hornsea Inshore Rescue is a totally independent local rescue organisation supported solely by donations and grants.

It also raises funds by running courses on water safety, RYA courses for certificates in offshore powerboating, jet-ski handling, VHF radio certification, the RYA one-day first-aid course and the three-day course for first-aid in the workplace.

All these courses are led by fully qualified instructors and take place in the organisation’s specialist premises, practical aspects taking place either at sea or on a local lake, dependent on conditions.

Hornsea Inshore Rescue also offers corporate 999 days, its popular Fish and Ships suppers, and school visits where children can learn about the rescue organisation and water safety in general.

Visitors to Hornsea Inshore Rescue and volunteers are always welcome whether they would like to serve as crew (comprehensive training is given), fundraisers or general helpers. Anyone interested is welcome to phone Sue on 07796 257989 or Ian on 01964 534302.