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Byline: The bright sunshine on Friday was reflected all over Ilfracombe, as the RNLI turned the town yellow with the help and support of businesses and groups from the harbour to the High Street and beyond.
Page Content: With the first Yellow Day in 2013 being a great success, hopes were high for this year’s event, on Friday 2 May. Some 66 locations had signed up to get involved, with shops creating yellow or RNLI themed windows for the day, staff dressing in yellow, nurseries and both practices at the Medical Centre being covered in the bright and cheery colour and of course refreshments being served at the lifeboat station, where volunteers were dressed in yellow as well.

An early start for the volunteers at Ilfracombe RNLI, as crew members and fundraisers gathered in their ‘yellows’ to take donations from students arriving at Ilfracombe Academy. The Academy had arranged a non-uniform day to support the charity’s Yellow Day event, and an incredible £730 was donated by students who took part.

Once the school bell had rung, and the students were all inside, the volunteers regrouped at the lifeboat station to prepare for the rest of the day. A collection team went to Tesco, where the generous customers and staff donated over £300, and volunteers hit the streets with collecting buckets as well, raising £268.93.

The lifeboat crew, still in the yellow of their all-weather lifeboat kit, visited each of the locations that had signed up to support the event. Yellow balloons, bunting and streamers were decking windows, and staff came outside to be photographed with crew members. Special Yellow Day collecting boxes had been given to each location, and many had arranged their own generous fundraising for the day.

With all the money raised for Yellow Day going directly to the local appeal for Ilfracombe RNLI’s new launch and recovery vehicle, needed for the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat due on station in 2015, the community outdid themselves in their efforts, and showed their support of the dedicated volunteers of Ilfracombe RNLI.

St James Tea Rooms donated 20% of the day’s takings, while Adele’s Café had set aside a yellow table, where all money for drinks went straight to the appeal, and one member of staff donated her tips for the day. At Belgrave Hair Studio, every staff member donated their tips for the day to the charity, and at Small World Ventures Ice Cream Parlours, the money for every flake in an ice cream was put towards the appeal.

At Wilson’s newsagents, David Wilson, a volunteer for Ilfracombe RNLI for 37 years, was presented with a service certificate award by current Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Wallis. Thanks to the generosity of staff and customers at the shop, David was then able to present a cheque for over £580 to Chris, from sales of yellow badges, wristbands and ribbons, and donations.

Medical staff at the Tyrrell Hospital, and at both of the practices at the Medical Centre got into the spirit, wearing yellow for the day, and at the Ilfracombe Centre, RNLI volunteer Richy Rodd convinced staff, visitors and councillors to donate to the event in exchange for plants and fresh eggs. At Mayfield Kindergarten and Oakfield Nursery, the RNLI have begun recruiting a new generation of supporters, and crew volunteers enjoyed a visit with the children, who were dressed in yellow to raise funds.

At the lifeboat station itself, visitors were able to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win either a yellow basket of flowers donated by Charlie’s Florist or a Lifeboat Cake donated by Nicola’s Cake Effect. Refreshments and the chance to have a look around the lifeboat station were available, and many people took the chance to find out more about not only Yellow Day but also the forthcoming new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat.

Tony Gillam, volunteer fundraising committee Chairman, shared the results of the day’s fundraising activities;

‘I am really pleased to be able to announce that the 2014 Yellow Day event has raised a total of just over £2,320. This incredible figure is a great boost to the launch and recovery vehicle appeal, and is a result of the amazing work and generosity of the community. At Ilfracombe RNLI we are very proud of our community and the dedication they show in supporting our fundraising efforts, and events like this, where our volunteer crew go out and meet the people that are fundraising with us, are a great deal of fun for all involved.’

RNLI notes to editors
• Please find photographs attached showing Ilfracombe RNLI volunteer crew members at supporting locations around the town on Yellow Day:
o Ilfracombe’s Indoor Market
o St James Tea Room
o Strands Wine Bar
o Tinker Tailor Party Shop
For all photographs: Please credit RNLI/Ilfracombe.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Suzie Tubby, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Ilfracombe RNLI, on 07961 317088 or email funkymunkymoo@gmail.com

Byline: The bright sunshine on Friday was reflected all over Ilfracombe, as the RNLI turned the town yellow with the help and support of businesses and groups from the harbour to the High Street and beyond.
Page Content: With the first Yellow Day in 2013 being a great success, hopes were high for this year’s event, on Friday 2 May. Some 66 locations had signed up to get involved, with shops creating yellow or RNLI themed windows for the day, staff dressing in yellow, nurseries and both practices at the Medical Centre being covered in the bright and cheery colour and of course refreshments being served at the lifeboat station, where volunteers were dressed in yellow as well.

An early start for the volunteers at Ilfracombe RNLI, as crew members and fundraisers gathered in their ‘yellows’ to take donations from students arriving at Ilfracombe Academy. The Academy had arranged a non-uniform day to support the charity’s Yellow Day event, and an incredible £730 was donated by students who took part.

Once the school bell had rung, and the students were all inside, the volunteers regrouped at the lifeboat station to prepare for the rest of the day. A collection team went to Tesco, where the generous customers and staff donated over £300, and volunteers hit the streets with collecting buckets as well, raising £268.93.

The lifeboat crew, still in the yellow of their all-weather lifeboat kit, visited each of the locations that had signed up to support the event. Yellow balloons, bunting and streamers were decking windows, and staff came outside to be photographed with crew members. Special Yellow Day collecting boxes had been given to each location, and many had arranged their own generous fundraising for the day.

With all the money raised for Yellow Day going directly to the local appeal for Ilfracombe RNLI’s new launch and recovery vehicle, needed for the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat due on station in 2015, the community outdid themselves in their efforts, and showed their support of the dedicated volunteers of Ilfracombe RNLI.

St James Tea Rooms donated 20% of the day’s takings, while Adele’s Café had set aside a yellow table, where all money for drinks went straight to the appeal, and one member of staff donated her tips for the day. At Belgrave Hair Studio, every staff member donated their tips for the day to the charity, and at Small World Ventures Ice Cream Parlours, the money for every flake in an ice cream was put towards the appeal.

At Wilson’s newsagents, David Wilson, a volunteer for Ilfracombe RNLI for 37 years, was presented with a service certificate award by current Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Wallis. Thanks to the generosity of staff and customers at the shop, David was then able to present a cheque for over £580 to Chris, from sales of yellow badges, wristbands and ribbons, and donations.

Medical staff at the Tyrrell Hospital, and at both of the practices at the Medical Centre got into the spirit, wearing yellow for the day, and at the Ilfracombe Centre, RNLI volunteer Richy Rodd convinced staff, visitors and councillors to donate to the event in exchange for plants and fresh eggs. At Mayfield Kindergarten and Oakfield Nursery, the RNLI have begun recruiting a new generation of supporters, and crew volunteers enjoyed a visit with the children, who were dressed in yellow to raise funds.

At the lifeboat station itself, visitors were able to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win either a yellow basket of flowers donated by Charlie’s Florist or a Lifeboat Cake donated by Nicola’s Cake Effect. Refreshments and the chance to have a look around the lifeboat station were available, and many people took the chance to find out more about not only Yellow Day but also the forthcoming new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat.

Tony Gillam, volunteer fundraising committee Chairman, shared the results of the day’s fundraising activities;

‘I am really pleased to be able to announce that the 2014 Yellow Day event has raised a total of just over £2,320. This incredible figure is a great boost to the launch and recovery vehicle appeal, and is a result of the amazing work and generosity of the community. At Ilfracombe RNLI we are very proud of our community and the dedication they show in supporting our fundraising efforts, and events like this, where our volunteer crew go out and meet the people that are fundraising with us, are a great deal of fun for all involved.’

RNLI notes to editors
• Please find photographs attached showing Ilfracombe RNLI volunteer crew members at supporting locations around the town on Yellow Day:
o Ilfracombe’s Indoor Market
o St James Tea Room
o Strands Wine Bar
o Tinker Tailor Party Shop
For all photographs: Please credit RNLI/Ilfracombe.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Suzie Tubby, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Ilfracombe RNLI, on 07961 317088 or email funkymunkymoo@gmail.com