Many groups and individuals raise a significant amount of vital funds for the RNLI every year, and it is the fundraising that makes the lifesaving possible. Some of the fundraising is done by official RNLI fundraising teams, and Harwich RNLI’s fundraising team is one of those official teams. So, what is the difference? Well, the end result is no different at all, it is dedicated people giving time and great support, raising funds in aid of the RNLI. Within the official fundraising teams, the volunteers go through an RNLI registration process, with official identification cards issued showing that the individuals have been accepted in to the RNLI and are authorised to carry out tasks and responsibilities for the RNLI.
The team at Harwich organises regular events and to date these have included events such as Spring Fayres, Cinema Events, Fish Suppers, and the very popular monthly Coffee and Cake events. Being directly part of the RNLI, the team also has immediate access to official RNLI fundraising campaigns, such as the annual May Day and Fish Supper campaigns. With the annual Respect The Water campaign, there is also the important job of communicating the safety messages as part of the fundraising efforts.
A further responsibility under fundraising is the management of the many collecting boxes. Working alongside the station’s box collecting secretary, collection boxes have to be collected and replaced throughout the local community, and the donated money has to be counted and receipts issued.