Lifeboats are the lottery winners

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


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.


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by Bob cotton

2nd May 2012, at 18:36:30

It must be you that is wrong Kerry, even Michaela White said that they do most years and I guess she would know?

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by kerry constable

2nd May 2012, at 16:51:21

sorry bob your wrong !! i know what im talking bout i did it for 20yrs .

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by Michaela White

2nd May 2012, at 11:34:33

Before this turns into a "them and us" situation I would just like to add my views... I did not mention the RNLI in my press release. The IWCP added that the independent lifeboat stations receive no funding from the RNLI. With regards to the grants from the SSRO They seek many different avenues for funding, one of which is approaching the local authorities that the rescue craft operate in to see if they wish to make a donation to the SSRO fund. They also seek funds from other sources. Not all Local Authorities donate. These funds will firstly be put towards insurance costs. IF there is anything left over the independent units have the right to put in a grant request for specific items. In 2011 no unit received a grant from the SSRO. I know in years past the units have received small annual grants of around £1000 but it is not the same nowadays.

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by Bob cotton

2nd May 2012, at 11:24:53

I only brought it as Michaela had mentioned the RNLI in her report and possibly the public were not aware that the independent boats receive quite a large amount of rate payers money each year, where as the RNLI receives no money from the Council or Government and has to totally rely on it voluntary donations to survive.

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by kerry constable

2nd May 2012, at 10:48:12

bob do you know when you join RNLI they ask for bank details ? they do unlike the independents who dont . As a former member of ryde inshore rescue im so pleased for them , WELL DONE MICHAELA

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by Bob cotton

1st May 2012, at 18:51:24

Very good but dont forget that unlike our local independent lifeboats the RNLI rely entirely on voluntary contributions, where as the independent boats all get large handouts with rate payers money each year via the Solent Sea Safety Organisation.

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