More reasons to be pleased
Morrisons store in Belper kindly invited us to collect there on Friday 15th December, and we netted £562, thanks to sterling efforts from our volunteer collectors (notably Jean and Will).  Our thanks to Morrisons and their customers for their generosity.  This result has taken our total for the year to a brilliant £13,763.96, with potentially over £1,000 to add from the profits of the Christmas card sales.  Excellent!

A fish called... Wallace?

The RNLI has a national Fish Supper event each year, but we've never quite managed to organise anything for that ourselves.  This year, however, we did bank £38 under that heading, as Jean Dobson challenged us to fill this ceramic fish with coins.  Alas only 5p coins would fit through his mouth, but we did  cram as many as 264 of them in once!
(Jean, why is he called Wallace?)

Chairman's Christmas letter
Branch Chairman Will Stanier has a Christmas message for our supporters - if you would like to read it, please click this link:  Chairman's Christmas letter

Heading for £14,000!
Our early December collection at Derby Railway Station produced a superb total of £385.73 - over 40% more than the equivalent result last year, so our thanks to East Midlands Trains and the station users for their support.
With other recent income (
including the £273 collected at Derby Garden Centre in Little Eaton on 10th November) the station collection helped to take our banked total to over £13,100.  And with a collection at Morrisons in Belper and the profits from our Christmas card sales to come, we are well on the way to matching last year's total of £14,376 - but can we beat it?

Derbyshire Anglers land a 150-pounder
The Derbyshire Angling Federation are regular supporters of the Branch, and make an annual donation from the proceeds of the Les Rees Memorial Trophy match day.  Les was Chairman of the DAF club and also loved the Lifeboats. This match is now a regular event in his memory and the proceeds go to the RNLI.  Branch Treasurer Judy Jones was invited to the Bridge Inn in Duffield to receive this year's cheque for £150.  Our thanks to all the anglers for their great support.
Pictured left are Judy with Bridge Inn landlord Phil and 2017 Trophy winner Lee Davis.

Barton Church’s grand support
Will and Sue Stanier from the Branch Committee attended the Sunday service at Barton under Needwood Methodist Church on 29th October, to receive a wonderful donation. The Church has been raising funds over the past year which they've then split between two charities, the RNLI and ‘Shelter Box’. Their fundraising was done through “Soup and Crusty” lunches (soup, crusty roll and a pudding) at the Church, seasonal plant sales and a Christmas Fayre.
The service included the singing of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” – the hymn traditionally associated with seafarers – and the Lifeboat Prayer.  During the service, Will gave a talk and video presentation about the work of the RNLI, and afterwards accepted the very generous donation – a magnificent £1,156.40 – from David Moore (pictured left)We have given the Church a certificate as a permanent expression of our gratitude for their tremendous support.

Christmas Card sales hit a new record
Sales of RNLI Christmas cards, calendars and diaries bring in valuable funds for the lifeboats and help raise the RNLI's profile too. We started on 5th October at the railway station, selling £45 worth, and then had an excellent 2-day sale at Park Farm shopping centre on 13th and 14th October, selling £654 worth!  Donations of £51 at the station and £173 at Park Farm made these events even more worthwhile.  Our thanks to all our volunteers for helping with these.  Pictured above at Park Farm are Chris Tucker, Pauline Vernon and Ron Payne (left) and Martin Wyatt and Mike Grove (right).
On Saturday 21st October we had another successful day at Derby Bus Station, selling £251 worth of cards and calendars and receiving another £135 in donations.  With other sales at Melbourne and at Derby Railway Station, we have sold over £1,800 worth - a new record for the Branch.

Gardens grow the funds
Two of our local garden centres welcomed our collectors recently.  Swarkestone Garden Centre on Sunday 3rd September produced £179.15, while at the Wyevale Garden Centre at Findern on Sunday 17th September we collected £235.37.  Two good results, and both totals were up on last year.  Out thanks to the centres' managers and our volunteer collectors for making this possible.

Every little helps - quite a lot!

We were pleased to have the opportunity to collect at Tesco in Mickleover on Friday 11th August, and even more pleased to find that the total came to £604.11.  Well done to our volunteer collectors, and thanks to Tesco for making us welcome and to their customers for such generous support.

More great support from the Park Farm shoppers

The shoppers at the Park Farm shopping centre have always supported us very generously when we've collected there, and the total of £672.55 for Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July was another brilliant result.  Thank you again, Allestree!  This takes the branch's total for the year so far to £6,718.53.

Findern gets the message

Branch Secretary Martin Wyatt (pictured above left) has recently moved to Findern, and has wasted no time in getting involved in village activities. On 24th June he set up a stand at the village fete to raise some funds, and also to promote the RNLI's 'Respect the Water' sea safety message. Pete Barnard MBE (RNLI Coastal Safety Officer) and his wife Kate joined Martin and gave Sea Safety material to over 100 people.  They went away with £11.25 in their donations bucket, while Martin sold £112 worth of RNLI souvenirs and collected £31.29 in donations.

Flag Day total up again

Our annual city centre Flag Day collection on Saturday 3rd June brought in the splendid total of £1,331.70 – a little bit more than last year, continuing the welcome recent trend.  Our star collector was also our eldest – Wally Watson, who managed to get over £100 in his little cardboard boat!  We thank him and all our other volunteers for their very productive efforts.
And with our recent day at Tesco Metro on Friday 29th May producing £201.08, we have now banked over £5,400 already this year.

MayDay starts in April!

Our MayDay effort this year began a little bit early, with a stall at Derby Railway Station on 30th April.  We were very happy to have collected £335, and sales of £53.50 made the event even more worthwhile. 

Pictured below are (left) Sue Stanier and Jean Dobson and (right) Will Stanier with Mary Inglis, Customer Welcome Host for East Midlands Trains.

An April shower - of cash!

The second weekend of April was a busy one for our collectors, as we had been invited by Sainsbury's to collect at their two busiest stores in Derby.  On Saturday 8th we were at the Wyvern store and £762.08 was the excellent result - top marks to Martin Wyatt who somehow managed to bring in £148.77 in his two-hour stint! On the Sunday our hosts were the Osmaston Park Road store, and we added another £440.67 in just six hours, bringing the weekend's haul to just over £1,200. Our thanks to Sainsbury's for making us welcome, to their staff and customers, and of course our volunteer collectors. 

Pictured below (left) are Richard and Jean Dobson ready to start their spell.

Terry Smith (pictured above right) is a former member of our Branch committee who has been fund-raising for charity for well over thirty years. He decided that his swansong would be on Sunday 2nd April, when he undertook a sponsored walk of 8.2 miles (round trip) along the canal path between the Ferrers Arms at Sinfin and the Dragon at Willington. His aim was to raise funds for the RNLI Skegness Lifeboat, and when he visits them in June he will be able to tell them that he raised £311 (including Gift Aid) from his generous sponsors. Well done, Terry, and thanks!

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