Charity dinner raises £27,000 for MRI

THE Maritime Rescue Institute team has been overwhelmed by the fantastic sum of �27, 153 that was raised at the charity's first fundraising dinner. Pictured at the dinner are members of the MRI team, from left to right: Stuart Gordon, Marc Stutter, Ditta Neumann, Rod MacDonald, Ann Laing, Richard Collier and Steve Hull.
THE Maritime Rescue Institute team has been overwhelmed by the fantastic sum of �27, 153 that was raised at the charity's first fundraising dinner. Pictured at the dinner are members of the MRI team, from left to right: Stuart Gordon, Marc Stutter, Ditta Neumann, Rod MacDonald, Ann Laing, Richard Collier and Steve Hull.

A CHARITY dinner in aid of Stonehaven’s Maritime Rescue Institute has raised more than £27,000 to help fund its vital work saving lives in North-east waters.

Around 240 corporate guests attended last Thursday’s event at Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, the first fundraising dinner to be held by MRI, which operates the independent lifeboat out of Stonehaven.

All proceeds from the sale of tables and a charity auction will help to cover the running costs of the lifeboat, which is manned by a team of volunteers.

MRI will use the £27,153 raised to continue providing 24-hour search and rescue lifeboat response through HM Coastguard for the coastline stretching from Findon to Gourdon, train volunteer lifeboat crews from all over the world and deliver educational programmes to local schools.

Ann Laing, manager of MRI, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount of money raised at the dinner and are incredibly grateful to everyone who attended and gave so generously in the auction and prize draw.

“As a completely independent charity, we rely entirely on the support of organisations and individuals to ensure the efficient running of the lifeboat, as well as providing crucial training for other national and international lifeboat crew along with helping to reduce deaths in the surrounding area by educating youngsters on the perils of the coastline and the sea.

“This fantastic sum of money will go such a long way towards covering the costs of the lifeboat as well as supporting our schools programme and training for other volunteer crews.

“The dinner was an amazing success and we are now looking forward to our second fundraiser next year!”

The evening was hosted by Northsound 2’s John McRuvie and the after-dinner entertainment was provided by speaker Peter Brown.

Peter Mitchell encouraged guests to dig deep during the charity auction, with lots including a gourmet dinner for 12 at the Marcliffe, a cooking class with celebrity chef Nick Nairn and a teambuilding day at MRI.

MRI is a provider of specialist training programmes and advisory services on all forms of waterborne emergency response, working with organisations and governments around the world.

The team also offers corporate events from its base at Stonehaven Harbour.