MEMBERS of Ballytober LOL 1500 have made a valuable contribution to the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
A religious service in the hall in March, conducted by the Rev. Philip Linton, yielded £300 which was presented to Mr. Robin Cardwell, Operations Manager at Portrush Lifeboat station.
The presentation was made jointly by the Worshipful Master, Bro. Sammy Sharpe and Deputy Master, Trevor Thompson, with Lodge members present.
This is the ninth year of fund-raising for charities by Ballytober with thousands raised for worthy causes.
Bro. Sharpe said the RNLI did a “fantastic job” and described volunteers as very brave men who went out in difficult conditions in rescue missions.
“We are delighted to give this money which will help with running costs,” Bro. Sharpe said.
Responding, Mr. Cardwell said the RNLI, unlike the Coastguard, depended solely on public subscriptions.
“We depend on people like yourselves to keep us going,” Mr. Caldwell told the Ballytober brethren.
He revealed that the cost of running the RNLI in the United Kingdom as a whole was £1m. every three days and that the average boat went through two gallons of fuel every minute.
Mr. Caldwell said the RNLI locally covered an area from Rathlin to Lough Swilly.