We have had a very successful summer fundraising for the RNLI Woodbridge Branch, below is a snapshot of some of the highlights!
In near perfect conditions on Friday 10th June around 200 children from St John’s CEVAP School in Ipswich took part in a sponsored walk around their school playing field to raise money for the RNLI where they managed to raised a phenomenal £1,176.95. Headteacher Mrs Betts welcomed Tony Wilman, chairman of the RNLI Woodbridge Branch to present a cheque during a school assembly. Teachers Mrs Spurgeon and Mrs Smjth, who organised the walk put together a great video of the children’s efforts which was played to the accompaniment of Dire Straits’ Walk of Life as the children gathered. Souvenir RNLI keyrings were presented to the children who had walked the furthest or who had raised the most sponsorship but every child received a ‘thank you’ pen and badge for their wonderful enthusiasm and great effort.
The end of June saw us at Woodbridge Regatta where we had our usual spot near the Ferry Quay Cafe, unfortunately the weather didn’t hold out and it was a damp start but with donations and sales of RNLI goods we managed to raise £315.08 and had an enjoyable day. I would like to thank the chaps who organised the boat trips who did a stirling job and thank you to Ian Gander who organised the event.
Saturday 13th August was Flag Day in the Thoroughfare, Woodbridge; a tradition that dates back to 1915 when following the outbreak of the war many RNLI fundraisers had inevitably switched their efforts to the various war funds or were serving in His Majesty’s Forces. The RNLI Management Committee devised a simple but inspired plan to reproduce thousands of copies of the RNLI flag to be distributed by an army of volunteers on “Flag Day” in exchange for a donation. A century later, this little RNLI flag continues to be a poignant symbol of community fundraising and I am pleased to report that we raised £882.69
We continue to raise funds throughout the year through the various RNLI boxes which can be found in many a local pub or local shops. Tony Wilman, chairman of the Woodbridge Branch would like to thank all of those who have donated so generously and thank the committee and volunteers who give up their time for such a great cause.