Fundraisers dig deep to buy three lifeboats

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A total of £160,000 was raised at the Warter Priory Estate in a three-day event which included clay pigeon shooting, an auction and a ball.

The original aim was to raise enough funds to buy Whitby RNLI a new inshore lifeboat, but this target was smashed within the first day and enough money for two more was raised during the fundraising event.

The money will be used to buy a lifeboat for the RNLI relief fleet and another lifeboat for a station on the north east coast.

The new inshore lifeboat going to Whitby will be named Warter Priory and the two others will also have connected names yet to be announced.

Frank Croft, head keeper at Warter Priory said. “Although we are a field sport and far away from the sea, we know what an important charity the RNLI is. Anyone could get caught out when visiting the coast, and to know they are there is a real reassurance.

“Here at Warter Priory we couldn’t be prouder that our name will be on the new inshore lifeboat at Whitby.”

“Mike Russell is a regular here so it makes it extra special.”

Mike Russell, coxwain at Whitby RNLI, said: “We can’t thank Warter Priory and everyone involved in the fundraising enough for the staggering amount of money they have raised.”

He said the inshore life boat is a crucial piece of equipment - it can get a lot closer to the shoreline than the big all-weather lifeboat.

Mike added: “We’ve had our current boat 10 years so it was due to be replaced next year.” The current inshore lifeboat, OEM Stone III, has rescued a total of 135 people.