RNLI raises cool €2,800 at an­nual Christ­mas fair


Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

THE Bray Branch of the RNLI had their Christ­mas Fair last Satur­day, and raised in the re­gion of € 2,800 for the lifeboat char­ity.

On of­fer on the day were Christ­mas cakes, mince pies, fes­tive cards and books, as well as a bot­tle stall and raf­fle, mistle­toe, holly and plants.

Chair­per­son of the Bray branch, Brian Con­nor, said that the com­mit­tee mem­bers were all de­lighted with the great turn out at the Lit­tle Flower Hall on Satur­day morn­ing.

He added that the RNLI mas­cot, ‘Salty’ was there and sat out­side to wel­come vis­i­tors, decked out in all his nec­es­sary safety equip­ment.

There was a steady stream of peo­ple go­ing in to the hall, be­side the Holy Redeemer Church, to see what kind of bar­gains they could pick up and also help a very wor­thy cause.

Brian said that the RNLI costs run very high, re­mark­ing that the cost of launch­ing a lifeboat for a res­cue is about € 1,000. While there is no lifeboat sta­tioned in Bray, there are boats at Dun Laoghaire and Wick­low that would cover the east coast area.

The Bray branch had their an­nual col­lec­tion re­cently, which yielded more than €8,000.

They also hold smaller events through­out the year, in­clud­ing quizzes and raf­fles.

The work­ers take a minute from their busy sched­ules for a pic­ture at the RNLI Christ­mas Sale in the Lit­tle Flower Hall.

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