Message in a giant bottle

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A CHARITY is proving it has a lot of bottle in its support for the RNLI.

The Bridlington Round Table is supporting the RNLI in a national fund-raising campaign which involves a 10ft inflatable bottle making its way round the UK coastline in a relay system from lifeboat station to lifeboat station.

This Friday evening will see the bottle delivered to Bridlington lifeboat station where local members of the Round Table will pick it up and run it on to the Filey station via Flamborough.

The group will be stopping off at local pubs along the way and urge people to give generously to help the Round Table reach its £150,000 national target which would fund training for 100 lifeboat crew members.

Round Table president John Kilshaw said: “We’re sending a message in a bottle to the local community asking them to join us in supporting RNLI SOS as it’s a great event that anyone can take part in.

“It is important to fundraise for the lifesaving work of the RNLI, which is a charity that relies on voluntary contributions. “We thought that the relay would be a fun and challenging way to fundraise and we welcome donations from members of the public.

“Our ultimate goal is to raise as much money as possible for first-class lifeboat crew training, which helps crew members to save lives and stay safe even during the most treacherous weather conditions.”

By the end of the campaign, the bottle will have travelled 7,000 miles in 112 days, stopping off at all 235 RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK and Republic of Ireland before finishing on May 6 in Blackpool.

Donations to the campaign can be made at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TheRNLIRelayChallenge or through Bridlington Round Table at www.roundtable.co.uk.