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Curry Supper at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club

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The RNLI Fundraising Teams are the often unsung lifeboat volunteers. They work throughout the year holding fundraising events and rattling collecting boxes on Lifeboat Day. Their tireless efforts are not always noticed by the public but they make a vital contribution to saving lives at sea.


Our iconic Lifeboat Collection Boxes are a valuable continuing source of funding for the RNLI and we are indebted to the many local businesses and organisations who support us by having the boxes in their premises. If any businesses or organisations would like to assist us by displaying a Collection Box, please contact us by sending an email.


  • Wed 1st Jan (2020) - New Year Swim, Rhu Marina (12 noon).
  • Fri 14th Feb (2020) - Curry Supper in RNCYC.
  • Sat 21st Mar (2020) - Helensburgh Flag Day.
  • Fashion Show 2020 TBA.
  • Annual Fish Supper 2020 TBA.
  • Sat 14th Nov (2020) - Christmas Card Sale - Parish Church Hall. (Time TBA).
  • Sat 14th Nov (2020) - Annual Coffee Morning - Parish Church Hall. (Time TBA).
  • Sun & Sun 28th & 29th Nov - Winter Festival (Colquhoun Square).


2020 Curry Supper


On Friday 14th February the ladies of the Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Committee raised £3,450 by cooking and serving a curry supper to 90 guests at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club; the event was co-ordinated again this year by Penny French. A most enjoyable evening was had by all and the Committee would like to thank the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club and the many local businesses and friends of the lifeboat who supported the event by providing some great raffle prizes including Loch Lomond Seaplanes for once again donating seaplane tickets. Specific thanks have to go to Anita McLaren for her very generous donation of her Billy Connolly print.

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(Photos by courtesy of Mike Forbes).

The 2020 New Year Swim

Good weather on New Year's Day always encourages swimmers and spectators to turn out and the conditions this year 'weren't too bad'. 207 hardy swimmers joined in the New Year Swim at the RNLI slipway at Rhu Marina on New Year's day. Fortunately the weather was reasonable (for January) with water temperature of 7.0 degrees. Watched by a crowd of approx 600 supporters, a good time was had by all. As it was mid-tide, swimmers only had to swim about 20 metres. Over £1,300 was raised for the RNLI with fundraisers serving hot soup to everyone who took part.

Thanks again have to go to numerous people without whom the swim would not be the success it is; Fiona Howard and Christine Richardson for their help with registering the swimmers and handing out certificates, the Helensburgh Coastguard Team for their shoreside safety support, Donald Fullarton for designing the certificates and Alan Cavana of Admin Systems for producing them and also to the Winter Festival Committee for kindly allowing us to use their pedestrian barriers, the Marina for hosting the day and the lifeboat crew who were in the water throughout providing safety cover for the swimmers and finally to all who braved the elements.

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Antiques Roadshow

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TV Personality Anita Manning and her team from Great Western Auctions were at Helensburgh Sailing Club on Friday 26th April doing valuations on antiques and collectables. A very successful event raised £1856 for the RNLI. Some folks found they had valuable antiques with a number being sent for auction. Some were disappointed on finding the true value of their possession. Our Volunteer Press Officer discovered that his picture frame was more valuable than the painting!

Pictured with Anita (centre) are Patti Summers (right), chair of the fundraisers and Terry Paterson (left) who organised the event with her team.

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Fundraising Recognition - The Sugar Boat Restaurant, Colquhoun Square

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On Monday 3rd September 2018 Howard Morrison, Chairman of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat took Will Smith of Sugar Boat Restaurant, Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh out to view the wreck of the "Captayannis", known locally as The Sugar Boat. This is situated on a sandbank in the River Clyde.

Will presented Howard with a a cheque for £1000 raised from the money he has allocated to the RNLI from sales of his bouillabaisse in the restaurant. Howard presented Will with a plaque and certificate in recognition of the donation which will help save lives at sea.

(The Captayannis was a Greek sugar-carrying vessel that sank in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland on the evening of 27 January, 1974. A severe storm caused the vessel to drag her anchor while she was waiting at the Tail of the Bank to deliver sugar to the James Watt Dock in Greenock. Her captain ordered the engines to be started with the intention of running for the more sheltered waters of the Gareloch but before she could be brought to power she drifted onto the taut anchor chains of the BP tanker British Light. The tanker suffered no damage but her anchor chains holed the sugar boat below the waterline, allowing water to pour in. (Wikipedia))

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Annual Coffee Morning

Despite it being pretty awful November Saturday, Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat fundraising committee had a successful coffee morning in Helensburgh Parish Church Hall raising over £1,300. In addition, hardy street collectors raised £455.

2018 Fashion Show

A wonderful evening of fun and fashion run by Helensburgh RNLI Fundraisers resulted in £2,823.55 being raised to save lives at sea. Those attended were treated to wine and canapés and the ladies strutting their stuff. Our thanks to Helensburgh sailing club for hosting the evening and Vanity Fair for supplying the fashion.

(Photos by courtesy of John McMeeking).

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Fundraising Recognition - Wizgonies & the Royal Bar

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Howard Morrison, Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Launching Authority, presented Wizgonies Girls Gillian Rundell (left) and Megan McIlvinney (right) with a Certificate of Thanks for the support of Wizgonies, Balloch for Helensburgh RNLI.

At a similar ceremony Brian Aitken, Helensburgh RNLI Treasurer, presented Mark Tyson of the Royal Bar, West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, with an RNLI Scroll and Shield for the considerable support given to Helensburgh Lifeboat by the bar and its customers.

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Fundraising Recognition - Ardarden Estate

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RNLI Fundraising Committee member Elma Irwin was presented with an RNLI Certificate of Thanks by Dinkie Fairley in recognition of her hard work in leading major local fundraising events. A scroll was also presented to May Montgomery, Ardarden Estate, in recognition of the support that the estate give to the local RNLI.

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Helensburgh Fundraising Team Contact

If you think that you can assist with Fundraising for the RNLI, or have a general enquiry about Fundraising activities, please contact:
Mrs Katy Findlay, Helensburgh Fundraising Team Secretary


Mobile: 07985 252 832

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