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Byline: Girvan lifeboat crew helped provide a 6th birthday surprise to remember for a brave girl.
Page Content: Ailsa Croll from Dundonald was celebrating her 6th Birthday with a family trip out to Ailsa Craig on Saturday 19 September 2015. What is so special about Ailsa is that at the age of two she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia, a rare and usually deadly blood disorder. Aplastic Anaemia destroys the bone marrow and red blood cells. So far she has endured two bone marrow transplants, a course of chemotherapy and total body irradiation, all before her 6th Birthday!

This brave little fighter was keen to set foot on Ailsa Craig on her birthday, so the family and friends trip was planned. When Girvan Lifeboat Crew heard about her they decided to give her a ‘Birthday to Remember’. Ailsa was met at the Lifeboat Station by Second Coxswain Gary McGarvie, DLA Ian McClymont, and crew members Henry McMaster, Keith Woods, John Tait and Kerri-Anne Jardine.

After a VIP conducted tour of the station she was taken out to see the Lifeboat, the RNLB Silvia Burrell. Then, much to her surprise and delight, she put to sea. Ailsa assisted coxswain Gary to recover a Man Overboard (Keith) TWICE! And also helped steer the boat back into the harbour.

Back in the station Ailsa was presented with a Birthday Card and Gift from the Crew, and a bag of Lifeboat Goodies, including a Lifeboat Teddy Bear suitably christened ‘Silvia Gary’!

She left the station with a huge smile on her face, and set off on her trip to Ailsa Craig with her family and friends. As one of her party said “You never know the moment when you are making a memory.”

Hopefully we have given Ailsa a Birthday to Remember.

Job well done!!

We all wish Ailsa all the best for the future.

RNLI media contacts:

Craig Sommerville, Girvan Lifeboat Press Officer, 01465 714454, craig_sommerville@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/pressKey facts about the RNLIThe RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Byline: Girvan lifeboat crew helped provide a 6th birthday surprise to remember for a brave girl.
Page Content: Ailsa Croll from Dundonald was celebrating her 6th Birthday with a family trip out to Ailsa Craig on Saturday 19 September 2015. What is so special about Ailsa is that at the age of two she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia, a rare and usually deadly blood disorder. Aplastic Anaemia destroys the bone marrow and red blood cells. So far she has endured two bone marrow transplants, a course of chemotherapy and total body irradiation, all before her 6th Birthday!

This brave little fighter was keen to set foot on Ailsa Craig on her birthday, so the family and friends trip was planned. When Girvan Lifeboat Crew heard about her they decided to give her a ‘Birthday to Remember’. Ailsa was met at the Lifeboat Station by Second Coxswain Gary McGarvie, DLA Ian McClymont, and crew members Henry McMaster, Keith Woods, John Tait and Kerri-Anne Jardine.

After a VIP conducted tour of the station she was taken out to see the Lifeboat, the RNLB Silvia Burrell. Then, much to her surprise and delight, she put to sea. Ailsa assisted coxswain Gary to recover a Man Overboard (Keith) TWICE! And also helped steer the boat back into the harbour.

Back in the station Ailsa was presented with a Birthday Card and Gift from the Crew, and a bag of Lifeboat Goodies, including a Lifeboat Teddy Bear suitably christened ‘Silvia Gary’!

She left the station with a huge smile on her face, and set off on her trip to Ailsa Craig with her family and friends. As one of her party said “You never know the moment when you are making a memory.”

Hopefully we have given Ailsa a Birthday to Remember.

Job well done!!

We all wish Ailsa all the best for the future.

RNLI media contacts:

Craig Sommerville, Girvan Lifeboat Press Officer, 01465 714454, craig_sommerville@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/pressKey facts about the RNLIThe RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.