Lifeboats come to Derbyshire!
When we're collecting in and around our area, we sometimes get comments about not needing lifeboats in Derbyshire.  Well, in early August the RNLI's Flood Rescue team was on duty in Derbyshire, ready to act if the Toddbrook reservoir at Whaley Bridge gave way, and supporting the emergency services working to make it safe.  Let's hope we don't ever need them to come any nearer to us, though.
Jean Dobson and Judy Jones at the Chellaston Charity Fayre, ready to collect and sell, and to spread the RNLI 'Respect the Water' messages ahead of the school summer holidays.
July and August round-up
The Wyevale Garden Centre at Findern has now become one of Dobbies' centres, but happily we were still able to collect there on Sunday 14th July, and banked £152.82.
On Saturday 20th July we attended a Charity Fayre in Chellaston, and as well as selling £43.50 worth of goods and receiving £118 in donations (including £105 from the Browning Circle Knit & Natter group), we gave out RNLI Sea Safety publicity and made some useful connections.
Miss Di Silverwood, a long-time supporter of our Branch, held another of her garden parties on 27th July – the result was a generous donation of £230, and we also sold £48 worth of goods. Sadly the 'garden' party was forced indoors by the rain, however.
And on 4th August we were back at Swarkestone Nurseries, and collected £197.23.
Our grateful thanks to everyone who helped with all these sources of income for the Lifeboats, taking our year's total so far to £5,890.16.
Feted at Findern
On 15th June we attended our third Findern Fete, to spread the RNLI's 'Respect the Water' sea safety messages to local children. Sadly the water did not respect Alan and Martin (who manned the stall), when rain brought the event to a premature end at 3pm. But by then we had sold £51 worth of souvenirs and made £25 from the raffle for a bottle of whisky (kindly donated by Harpur's Coaches), which with donations of £22, gave us a total of £98 for the day.

Flag Day's surprising result 
Our annual city centre Flag Day collection is our biggest effort of the year, but holidays and illness meant that our team of collectors was a bit depleted this year.  Despite that, the total for the day was £1,367.55, not much less than last year's, and better than most recent years.  Well done to all our volunteers, including (pictured here) Dave Bone, Chairman of Burton & South Derbyshire Branch, and the team back at 'base camp' at the end of the day - Alan, Alf, Judy, Jean and Sue.

Another super harvest from Park Farm!

We always do well when we collect or sell goods at the Park Farm shopping centre in Allestree, but our two-day visit on 3rd and 4th May went well beyond our expectations. Friday's total was £416.11, while the busier Saturday produced £526.08 – a total of £942.19.  Added to this there was the souvenir stall which made £74.90 on Friday and £47.25 on Saturday – £122.15 in total – and the profit from those sales takes the overall result to over £1,000Thanks to all our volunteers and to the Park Farm management – and of course to the shoppers for their generosity and friendliness. Brilliant!
This has helped to take our total for 2019 to date to £3,326.50.

Rail Station collection produces another first class total
Our December collection at Derby Railway Station was comfortably our best ever result there - until now!  On Saturday 30th March we were there again, and were amazed and delighted to achieve a total of £475.38 - with over £50 worth of souvenir sales to add to that.  We'll be back there again before too long, but can we do even better next time?
Our thanks to East Midlands Trains for making us welcome, and to their travellers (and those of Cross Country Trains) for their generous support.
Pictured above are Sue Stanier and Alf Wall on the stall; Will Stanier, Jean Dobson and Terry Pool taking the sign literally; and Terry and Jean being "minded" by police sergeant Darren Clarke! 

At the end of February we had banked £1,280 for 2019, at what is usually a quiet time of the fundraising year.  This includes a very welcome donation of £110 from Ripley Tangent Club, as well as a number of smaller donations and the contents of some of our collecting boxes in pubs and shops around the area.
Been to a Lifeboat Station lately?
The Branch is always interested to hear of visits made to a Lifeboat station. So, please send any details and photos to our chairman, Will Stanier, whose contact details can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website. To ‘kick off’ such ad hoc pieces, at the end of January Will and Sue Stanier visited Shetland for Lerwick’s Up-Helly-A celebrations. Whilst in Lerwick, Will and Sue also visited the Lifeboat stationed there. They were warmly welcomed by Coxswain Darren Harcus and Mechanic Ian Harms who showed them over the Severn Class Lifeboat “Michael and Jane Vernon” and around the adjacent Crew Room. Will says “Our time at one of the more remote RNLI Lifeboat Stations was one of the highlights of our visit to a snowy Shetland and it was a privilege to meet Darren and Ian who talked to us about many of their recent ‘shouts’, including one featured in the recent TV series ’Saving Lives at Sea’".

Tesco helps more than just a little!

We are always pleased to have an opportunity to collect at the Tesco superstore in Mickleover, as we usually bring in £600 or more.  Our latest effort there was on Friday 15th February, and the result was an excellent £682.85.  Our thanks to Tesco for their hospitality, and to our volunteer collectors - including Sally Jones and Ron Payne, pictured here.

This gets our 2019 effort off to a great start, and we are hoping for more events like this.  Our main collection will be our annual city centre 'Flag Day', which this year will be on Saturday 1st June.  If you can help us to make the most of this opportunity, please keep a couple of hours free for us for that day.
Denstone lodges its support
Last year the Old Denstonian Masonic Lodge held a dinner to mark the installation of their new Worshipful Master, Michael Smith, and at his invitation made generous donations to his nominated charity, the RNLI, of which Michael is a Governor Member.  Many of those donations were made under the Gift Aid scheme, and the final total came to £510.87.  Our Branch Chairman, Will Stanier, was invited to the Lodge's February meeting to receive a cheque on behalf of the RNLI, from the Worshipful Master himself.  We are extremely grateful for this generous support from the Lodge, and Will was very pleased to have this opportunity to express our appreciation.

The results are now in...
We are delighted to report that our final total for 2018 is a brilliant
 £14,765.56, with Christmas card profits contributing £1,138.40.  This is an excellent result, and we thank everyone who has helped with their time, ideas, encouragement and donations.  Well done, everyone! 

Boxing Clever

Our total for 2018 includes £2,008.22 from collecting boxes placed in pubs, shops and cafés around the area. This is almost entirely down to the efforts of our Branch Treasurer, Judy Jones, who travels many miles at her own expense to service these, and to make sure that those who host our 'boats' are happy to keep helping us in this way.  Thanks, and well done, Judy.

Above: Chairman Will Stanier receiving the cheque from Wednesday Coffee Club Chair, June Lomas.
Coffee Club generosity boosts our total
The Wednesday Coffee Club, who meet regularly in Etwall, nominated the RNLI as their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018. With that in mind, we were invited to make a presentation to Club members last January to ‘launch’ their year of fundraising. In May, we helped put arrangements in hand for a visit to the Exmouth Lifeboat Station for ten of the Club’s members. In October we attended their “Autumn Fayre” selling over £200 of cards and souvenirs. Judy, Jean and Will from the Committee attended the Club’s final meeting of the year on Wednesday 19th December, at which they handed over a fantastic £1,530 as a result of our being their charity of the year –  an amazing result!  The Club has asked that their donation be split between the Exmouth and Lyme Regis Lifeboats, following the visit to Exmouth and the fact that Mr Tim Robinson, of Hilton, addressed their meeting last January to tell of his own experience of being helped by the RNLI when he badly injured his leg on a Dorset beach. City of Derby Branch supporter Margaret Darn is a member of the Wednesday Coffee Club, and we are grateful for the support she has personally given throughout the year, along with her husband Martin, to the various fundraising activities that have taken place within the Club.

Above: Staff at Zanfish ‘Village’ Shop in Littleover, left to right, Sharon, Rita and Nicko Zannetou.

Nothing fishy about this net result!
Branch Chairman Will Stanier reports:  A shoal of six collecting boxes were reeled in from the Zan Fish & Chip shops and Branch Treasurer Judy was quickly in plaice to offer up a total for the catch of £100.80. We’d have to trawl back through our records to see if we’ve netted  such a good result in the past but, while some might wonder if this is something to carp on about I don’t think it’s a tiddler of a result and I’ll haddock a guess (tricky one that!) it represents a r-eel-y great effort. Our friends at Zan Fish, who are no minnows in Derby, say they’ve had a whale of a time and codn’t be happier. A brill effort all round! We have presented a Certificate of Thanks.
Best-ever station total is great Christmas present
East Midlands Trains at Derby Station are always happy to welcome us, and we held a collection there on Saturday 1st December, resulting in an amazing £436.50 – comfortably our best ever total there.  Our thanks to EMT and their staff and passengers (and those of Cross Country Trains too) for their generosity.
Pictured here are Sue Stanier and Ian Nicklin starting their stint

Christmas cards top £1,900
Thanks to Jean Dobson's sterling efforts and those of her helpers, our sales of Christmas cards, calendars and diaries reached over £1,900 this year, including recent sales being at Melbourne Church Fair (£121) and Derby Station (£141).

Anglers land another 200-pounder
The Derbyshire Angling Federation (DAF) and Brenda Rees donated another £200 to the RNLI at a presentation on Sunday 2 December at the Bridge Inn, Duffield. The money was raised in memory of Les Rees who was chairman of the DAF and a keen supporter of the Lifeboats. This is an annual event where the anglers compete for the Les Rees Memorial Trophy, and they have now raised well over a thousand pounds for the RNLI, this being the seventh year that they have made this donation.
A Darn good effort
Etwall Coffee Club have made us their Charity of the Year, and as part of the fundraising effort, our long-standing supporters Martin and Margaret Darn raffled a superb painting of the Llandudno lifeboat.  The photo (left) shows them presenting it to the lucky winner, Mr Noel Robinson.  Margaret and Martin have always been keen helpers of the Branch, and this is another example of their support.
On the same occasion (the Club's Autumn Fair) we were invited to sell Christmas cards and souvenirs, and we were very pleased to have the opportunity.
Congratulations... Ian Beacock and Mandy Harris, two members of our Branch Committee, who were married on 13th October.  And very generously they asked their friends and family for donations to the RNLI instead of wedding gifts, and the result was over £500 to swell the funds.  Our best wishes to Ian and Mandy for their future happiness together. 

Look closely at the photo and you'll see that Ian is wearing an RNLI tie.  As branch chairman Will Stanier says, "if that doesn't show commitment to the cause...........!!"

Sizzling Support from the Argosy!

The management team, staff and, wonderfully, the customers at The Argosy, part of the "Sizzling Pub" brand, on Manor Road between Littleover and Mickleover, have been long-time, very generous supporters of The RNLI. This support is enthusiastically led by Argosy regular 'Bub' Hatton.  When Branch Treasurer, Judy Jones, was recently asked to empty the pub's collection box, its contents were generously added to by 'Bub'. Incredibly, the total handed to Judy that day amounted to a truly wonderful £638.80!  Obviously, on behalf of the Branch and the RNLI Judy offered profuse thanks for this most generous support from all those who have contributed to this magnificent result. 

However, more amazing news was to follow... the owners of The Argosy and the "Sizzling Pub" brand, Mitchells & Butlers, with the fantastic support of Argosy landlord Dan Johnson, have added an additional, amazingly generous donation of £500. So, on October 24th, Dan Johnson (1st left in the photo above) and 'Bub' Hatton (2nd left) were delighted to present a cheque for a truly stunning £1,138.80, to City of Derby Branch Treasurer Judy Jones and Branch Chairman Will Stanier.  In his thanks for this brilliant amount, Will referred not only to how valuable this support is to the RNLI but also highlighted the fact that, in nearly a decade of 'Bub' being at the helm of the many fundraising initiatives for the RNLI at The Argosy and along with the donations made through our collection box there, an incredible figure of nigh on £3,000 has been raised! Amazing support for which the RNLI is, truly, very grateful. Our thanks to all those who have contributed to this wonderful result. 

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