SSF staff raise funds for new lifeboat

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SCOT­TISH Sea Farms’ em­ploy­ees, friends and fam­ily com­pleted a gru­elling triathlon in swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures to raise £52,000 to buy the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion (RNLI) a new lifeboat.

The Scot­tish Sea Farms’ Triathlon Fes­ti­val 2018 took place in the grounds of the Univer­sity of Stir­ling, at the end of May, on one of the hottest week­ends of the year so far, and in­volved sprint, re­lay and novice races, along with a mini mud­der style chal­lenge for un­der 16s.

This is the sec­ond year that the com­pany has held its Triathlon Fes­ti­val, which was in­tro­duced to give em­ploy­ees, cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers and their fam­ily and friends a rea­son to get ac­tive while rais­ing money for good causes.

This year’s char­ity, the RNLI, was cho­sen fol­low­ing a com­pany bal­lot, with the team set­ting them­selves the chal­lenge of rais­ing enough to buy a new D class in­shore lifeboat – the work­horse of the RNLI for more than 50 years.

A team of over 120 par­tic­i­pants signed up to for the event, many putting in months of train­ing.

Thanks to their ded­i­ca­tion, and the fam­ily and friends who ei­ther joined them or sup­ported them through do­na­tions, the event raised in ex­cess of £38,000 to­wards the cost of the new lifeboat, with Scot­tish Sea Farms’ Heart of the Com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive pro­vid­ing the re­main­der.

The RNLI also had its own stall within the fes­ti­val vil­lage, sell­ing branded goods to help raise ad­di­tional funds on the day.

Lynsey An­der­son, com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager for the RNLI, said:‘ Sup­port on this level means ev­ery­thing to the RNLI. Our vol­un­teer crew go out 24/7 in day­light and dark­ness, in good weather and in bad, to save lives at sea.

‘We’re not gov­ern­ment funded, we’re re­liant on pub­lic do­na­tions, so to have com­pa­nies like Scot­tish Sea Farms rally round on our be­half is re­ally some­thing to see and the day it­self has been in­cred­i­ble.’

Adding to the at­mos­phere, Olympic gold medal win­ning track cy­clist Cal­lum Skin­ner was on hand at the fin­ish line to present par­tic­i­pants with their medals.

Scot­tish Sea Farms man­ag­ing direc­tor Jim Gal­lagher said: ‘The Triathlon Fes­ti­val re­ally sums up the spirit of Scot­tish Sea Farms: ac­tive, proac­tive and com­mu­nity spir­ited.

‘To use that same spirit to help sup­port a cause as much needed, and as close to our hearts, as the RNLI is a truly proud mo­ment for us all.

‘We’ve wel­comed close to 300 peo­ple here to­day, and we’ve been sup­ported along the way by many more, all of whom had one thing in mind – to help us achieve our tar­get of a brand new lifeboat for the RNLI.’

Sup­port­ing Scot­tish Sea Farms in the run-up to the event and on the day it­self was coach­ing and events team You Can Sport, and event plan­ning spe­cial­ists Event Full So­lu­tions.

Above: (from left to right): Ge­orgie Macken­zie, Scot­tish Sea Farms; Lynsey An­der­son, RNLI; and RNLI mas­cot Stormy Stan

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