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Bingo Players Help St. Ives Lifeboat Station Stay Afloat

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Bingo has long been utilised as a fun way to bring communities together to raise money for good causes and a particularly impressive example of this took place earlier this month in St. Ives in Cornwall.

A bingo evening organised by RNLI St. Ives Lifeboat Day & Events raised more than £1,000 for the St. Ives Lifeboat Station. The event, which was a huge success, was a testament to the community’s dedication to their lifeboat station and their recognition of the essential life-saving services it delivers.

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A Fun Filled Evening

The evening was reportedly full of fun and great excitement as players enjoyed the bingo and raising money for such a good cause. Afterward, the RNLI St. Ives Lifeboat Day & Events team thanked all who attended and pointed out that the event was not just a fundraising success, but also a success at building a sense of community and developing further support for their work.

All the funds raised by the event will be donated to the St. Ives Lifeboat Station, helping it to purchase up-to-date equipment and remain ever-ready to provide its services along the coast. The charity relies heavily on donations and volunteers and as such, events like this are crucial to its support.

The event saw a number of prizes awarded, a raffle and a small auction. Available were prizes including a £50 voucher for the Quarter Deck St. Ives, day vouchers for two people at Una, and a cream tea at Baker and Chef Truro. There was also a homemade cake auction.

Impressively, the event was sold out and players enjoyed six games of bingo followed by a special musical round and then a game of Play Your Cards Right.

Organisers have already begun planning the next event, which will take place in May, and they are hoping that it will prove to be just as successful as the one that took place earlier this month.

The Work of the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working to save lives at sea since 1824. The RNLI provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service up to 100 nautical miles from the coast of the UK and Ireland. In addition to its lifeboat service, the RNLI also operates a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in both countries.

The organisation relies heavily on volunteers, who make up 95% of its workforce. These volunteers are trained to a professional standard in life-saving techniques and operation of lifeboats. The RNLI’s fleet consists of over 400 lifeboats, ranging from small inshore vessels that can navigate shallow waters to larger all-weather lifeboats equipped for the most challenging conditions.

Funding for the RNLI comes primarily from donations, legacies, and fundraising activities. The charity does not receive government funding for its day-to-day operations, which is why events such as the St. Ives bingo evening are so important.

The RNLI also carries out preventive measures to reduce the number of sea-related incidents. This includes safety education and information campaigns aimed at improving public awareness about the dangers of water.

The St. Ives Lifeboat Station has existed since 1839 and over the years, it has received 33 medals for gallantry. At present, the station has two boats, a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and a D class inshore lifeboat. It is possible to visit the station and there is even a shop, the proceeds of which go directly to supporting the station’s work.

The St. Ives Lifeboat Station is regularly called out to help those in distress. For instance, last September, they were called out twice in one day. First to aid a group of kayakers who had run into difficulties and then to help three surfers who were caught up in a rip current.

Many More Bingo Charity Events

As mentioned, there is already another bingo evening planned to raise money for the St. Ives Lifeboat Station in May. This is just one of hundreds of bingo charity events that will be taking place across the UK over the coming year. They will be raising money for a range of good causes, some local and others national.

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