A LOTTERY raising vital funds for the Isle of Wight’s independent lifeboats is to celebrate it’s first birthday this month.
The Independent Lifeboat Lotto was established last year to support the Island’s three independent stations, Ryde, Freshwater and Sandown and Shanklin.
In its first 12 months it has raised £36,000, all of which has stayed on the Island.
A party to mark its first birthday is to be held Ryde Inshore Rescue HQ on Saturday, May 12, between 11am and 1pm, when anyone who wants to can sign up to the lottery and have a slice of birthday cake.
Michaela White, of Ryde Inshore Rescue, said the lottery was based on a similar scheme on the mainland.
"I saw that they were doing a lottery at Southport and Gosport and I spoke to them to see it if was something we could do here. One of their guys came over to see us and then I set it up," said Michaela.
The result has been a regular income for the lifeboat stations, which unlike others on the Isle of Wight do not receive funding from the RNLI.
"It means that each station gets around £1,000 a month. A lot of that is spent on fuel, but it also means if something comes up like a repair, we have the money to do it then and there," she said.