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Scarborough RNLI Reach £200k Target For New Supacat Launch & Recovery Vehicle

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Scarborough RNLI is celebrating after reaching its target of £200,000 towards the cost of a bespoke launch and recovery Supacat vehicle for its new lifeboat.

The Supacat system is needed to launch the charity’s state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat, which is set to arrive in 2016.

An RNLI fundraising campaign was launched in September 2013, since which a multitude of events have been held to help raise money, including sponsored tractor pulls, boat pulls, cycle rides, Dickensian fairs and race nights.

The appeal received a vital boost from the Yorkshire Post’s Christmas appeal, which selected Scarborough RNLI’s Supacat campaign as the chosen charity for their festive auction. Money raised from bids brought in over £17,000.

John Senior, Scarborough RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, said:

"On behalf of everyone at Scarborough RNLI, I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the staggering support that we have received for the appeal, not just from the local community and businesses, but from supporters far and wide."

"It’s truly overwhelming that we've managed to hit our £200,000 target in just 16 months and we couldn't have done it without the generosity of the general public and our supporters."

"Our volunteer crew are looking forward to starting their next chapter of lifesaving when the Shannon class lifeboat and Supacat system arrive. Naturally though, everyone will be very sad to bid farewell to our current lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs, as she nears the end of her operational life."

Hannah Brankling, RNLI community fundraising manager, added:

"Thanks must also go to our volunteer fundraising committee and everyone at the lifeboat station who has worked tirelessly to ensure that we reached our goal. It’s been a great team effort and I’m sure there will be a real sense of pride when the Supacat arrives on station. And besides the Yorkshire Post, we are hugely indebted to all the other media who supported our campaign."
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