Fundraiser raises thousands for RNLI

The two men arriving in Montrose harbour following their rescue.
The two men arriving in Montrose harbour following their rescue.

Residents of Bervie, Gourdon and Johnshaven have raised £6300 for the RNLI after two local fishermen were rescued from the North Sea in May.

The coastal communities came together on August 30 for a fundraising barn dance to show their support and thanks to the RNLI for their two-day search helping to find David Irvine and his grandfather Jim Reid, after their 16 foot boat became lost in thick fog.

The two men were feared lost at sea off the Aberdeenshire coast, and survived on a bottle of water and two biscuits.

They were discovered about 45 miles off the coast of Montrose by another fishing vessel, the Sylvia Bowers DS8.

Diana Milne, one of the event organisers, said: “It was a miracle these men were found safe and well.

‘‘The search brought the community together through local fishing boats which supported the search and never gave up hope of finding them.

‘‘Local people drove up and down the coast searching the coastline along with the coastguards and the RAF helicopter.

“The community knew they had to do something to say thank you so we got together and organised a social event for all to attend. We are so grateful to everyone involved in helping us raise such a fantastic amount for the RNLI.

“We would like to thank all those who helped us put this event together in such a small space of time. The community should all be very proud of themselves!”

The barn dance attracted nearly 400 local people who danced the night away to the sounds of Glasgow band, Slinky. The amazing £6300 was achieved by ticket sales, bbq, and raffles.

Raffles ranged from a week’s holiday accommodation to a night bed and breakfast at Ardoe House Hotel and Spa.

Henry Weaver, RNLI spokesman, said: “We are extremely grateful to the community for the effort they have put in to raise this money for the RNLI. It will go a long way to help to provide our volunteers with the training and equipment they require to keep them safe while they work to save the lives of others. It costs the RNLI just under £1,400 to fully kit out one volunteer and we spend just over £1,400 a year training each of our crew members.”