Folk Night at The Friendship Raises over £800

The below is a rather nice Whitby Gazette article published today about a fundraiser that took place on 7th March at the Friendship Rowing Club in Whitby. The event is an annual event organised by star fundraisers Nick and Christine Scaife. The Crew and Committee of RBRB extend their huge thanks and appreciation to the Scaifes for once again organising a tremendous evening and for all the other work they do throughout the year to help keep the Rescue Boat going.

Folk Night at The Friendship

RBRB Weekend Raises over £6,000

Don’t believe everything you read in the press … the final figure was much higher, after a fabulous fundraising weekend which many acclaimed to be the best yet. Well done everyone, and thank you to all who took part, contributed, organised, donated prizes and salads and worked so hard to make the weekend such a success.
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Whitby Gazette – Villagers’ Joy at Life-Saving Donation

The below piece was published in the Whitby Gazette on Friday 3rd May 2013, following a demonstration of the new life-saving automatic defibrillator by the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat to the village of Runswick Bay at the Village Fishermens’ Institute. The purchase of the defibrillator, which is located on the exterior wall of the Rescue Boat house, was made possible by the very generous donation of £1,465 from the Co-Operative Community Fund.
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Folk Night at The Friendship

The annual Folk Night, organised by Nick and Christine Scaife, has raised another fantastic sum for RBRB.  We are truly endebted to these stalwarts of fundraising (and other involvements, being Secretary and running the Friends of RBRB for us for some time too!) for their continuing marvellous contributions to keeping our service alive and thriving.

The RBRB Choir

The RBRB “Choir”


The RBRB choir turned out in support and ‘entertained’ the crowds.

Nick Scaife said later:  “we had a fantastic night, the singing and music was excellent, one of the best nights we’ve had and I think everyone had a great time. We managed to raise a superb sum of six hundred and eighty one pounds fifteen pence. £681.15 so a huge thank-you to everyone who contributed. I do not want to note individuals for fear of missing someone out but everyone gave generously and the Runswick Gold Ale was rather nice!”

The Lucky Winners

Some of the ‘lucky’ winners


Six lucky winners also had the opportunity to try it for themselves, taking to sea in the rescue boat, the following Sunday morning.

Our thanks to the Scaifes as we look forward again to the start of another season.  Easter is only a few weeks away and RBRB is ready, with the newly installed and issued pagers now in situ and winter training having gone very well. 

This week’s photo

Righting the boatAt training on Sunday, Crew Leader Tom Dobson and veteran Helmsman Mike Sewell demonstrate how to right the Rescue Boat should the worst happen and she is tipped over in the surf on a service.

The crew of the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat give up their time to train every Sunday morning throughout the year and Wednesday evenings in the summer.

Bridge Day Fund Raiser

A Bridge Day, held on Sunday 8th July to raise funds for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat made £857.

Bridge Day

Helpers from left: Ken Lydall, Chairman, organisers, Karen Sewell and Jan Walker, Crew, James Sewell and Mike Sewell and helper Lynne Lawson.


The event was held in Hinderwell Village Hall where twelve tables played duplicate bridge in the morning and afternoon with a superb lunch in between. The bridge was kindly directed by Vicky Hirst.

The day finished with prize giving and a raffle. The buffet lunch was provided by sponsors and helpers. Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper won the first prize: the Day Lewis Perpetual Trophy and card sets. Second prize went to Mary Winspear and Pauline Armstrong, also card sets. The best slam prize went to Roger Cohen and Sue Cheeseley. Rory O’Connor won the prize for last trick won with a two.

This was the fourth year of this event which has been sponsored by: Mr Bridge, Day Lewis Pharmacy, R H Ford and Son, Family Butchers, Glaisdale, The Royal Hotel, Runswick Bay and Whitby Bridge Club as well as many individuals.

The Chairman of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat Committee, Ken Lydall, thanked Karen Sewell, Jan Walker, Sue Cheeseley and Mo Metcalfe as well as the many other contributors and explained that the money raised would kit out a volunteer crew member.

Picture – Helpers from left: Ken Lydall, Chairman, organisers, Karen Sewell and Jan Walker, Crew, James Sewell and Mike Sewell and helper Lynne Lawson.

Dog Rescued at Runswick Bay

Dog RescueOn Monday 25th March 2012, a walker approached one of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat’s launching authorities to report a dog on Kettleness Beach that seemed in poor health and could not walk. He had carried it as far as he could but had to leave it.

Humber coastguard was contacted and a crew raised at 3pm. After a search from sea proved fruitless, crew went ashore to continue the search and eventually found a black border collie. The dog couldn’t walk so crew carried it clear of rocks and onto the boat, recovering the dog to shore.

Humber coastguard contacted the RSPCA and a vet from Clevedale Veterinary arrived on scene. The dog was assessed and taken by the vet. Crew stood down at 6:35pm.

It is believed the dog could have been missing for a couple of days but was relatively healthy despite its ordeal.

After the vet’s investigations the owner was found and re-united with their pet.

Runswick Bay Rescue Boat crew would like to thank the gentleman who raised the alarm and the couple who offered assistance to the crew on site.

Another Monster Fundraising by the Scaifes

Nick and Christine Scaife’s annual music spectacular, just one of a number of events they run each year for RBRB, has again been a resounding success.  A terrific £820 was raised at the Friendship Rowing Club and at other venues around Whitby with the help of the Whitby International Pirates.
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There was a nice write up in the Whitby Gazette (left).

Whitby Gazette – 2nd March 2012

The Whitby Gazette ran a supplement on Friday entitled “We Love the Emergency Services” and very kindly split the advertising revenue gained from the supplement between all the local emergency services. 

RBRB is proud to have featured and very grateful to the Whitby Gazette for their support.

The services featured in the supplement included the local Police, Fire Brigades from Whitby, Goathland and Robin Hood’s Bay, the Ambulance Service, the RNLI from both Whitby and Staithes & Runswick, the local Coastguard teams, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, the ‘Helicopter Heroes’ including the RAF from Leconfield and the Great North and Yorkshire Air Ambulances and of course RBRB.
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A copy of the RBRB section of the feature is  included as a link from the picture on the left, just in case you missed the original.

Here at the Rescue Boat we are gearing up for the 2012 season which will start in earnest from 6th April 2012 (Easter).  There has been a huge amount of work done throughout the winter and there will be some very visible new additions in the 2012 season (both kit and faces) and some new technology.

We are very much looking forward to showing our supporters how we continue to adapt.

New Year Ball at Raithwaite Hall

Raithwaite Ball
The annual RBRB New Year Ball was held this year at the new and exclusive Raithwaite Hall Hotel on Friday 30th December 2011.

The evening was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Entertainment was provided in the way of live music from the Lee Smith Trio. More pictures to follow!