Just THREE hours to go…a total of £19,000 raised by 627 supporters by 2041, 06.06.2020. That's about 100 new supporters since Thursday. All from its original modest aim of £500 just four weeks ago.
**************** Report from Friday June 5**************
Fundraiser John Maclennan said yesterday afternoon (Thursday June 4): "As our appeal "ebbs to its close" on Saturday this will be the last update (apart from a Vote of Thanks). I am really struggling for words to express the deep gratitude and sense of such supportive encouragement which all of us at Stornoway Lifeboat Station feel. To date 524 of you have generously donated the magnificent sum of £15,875 This sum is especially meaningful and highly appreciated at this time of lockdown. So each one of us at RNLI Stornoway Branch say a huge and sincere thank you to each one of you who has raised this money."
**************** Report from Sunday May 31**************
The Stornoway RNLI coronavirus emergency appeal now (Sunday May 31) has less than a week to run after almost a month which started with the modest target of £500.
The total pledged and raised is now £13,550…with a new target of £14,000…28x higher than the original hope of John ‘Booly’ Maclennan who started this all off with a fund-raising cycle-ride to mark his 70th birthday at the start of May.
The appeal expires on Saturday June 6 so there are hopes that an even higher total could be reached, enabling the branch to make up all the losses caused by the way lockdown has prevented fund-raising and closed its shop. Here's the fundraising link…
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John said on Friday:”Well, folks we are on the last lap with just over a week left to run. Your response has been nothing short of overwhelming generous and all of us at the Stornoway RNLI are deeply moved and highly appreciative of your support.
“I have been reluctant to raise the "target" figure from £10,000. The total today stands at £13,090, but I will say Lifeboatmen are a superstitious bunch and don't like the number 13! So to try and help dispel the crew's superstitions I am reluctantly raising the target figure to £14,000.”
Above is a photograph which was taken on the 125th Anniversary of the Stornoway Branch of the RNLI and after a Sea Sunday Service in St Columba's in August 2012. John says: "The Stornoway Lifeboat Ladies Guild members are prominent in the photo. These are the volunteer ladies who work tirelessly all the year round fund raising for our lifeboat. They staff the shop, bake enough to feed an army, organise coffee afternoons, soup & pudding lunches, flag days, collection boxes throughout the Island etc. etc, and in a "normal" year raise thousands of £s for the Lifeboat.”
John says that whilst the bulk of the donations originate in Lewis there have also been generous donations from Harris, Uist, and family and friends throughout Scotland, the UK and as far away as America. There have also been many donations simply handed to him in the street or dropped off at his home.
Originally John – who was employed by the Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission and Stornoway Port Authority for 27 years from 1983 and served as Chief Executive from 1996 until his retirement in 2010 – decided to cycle his way to some funds for the organisation.
John said then: "I have been a supporter of the Stornoway Lifeboat since becoming a crew member back in 1971. Currently I serve as Chairman of the Stornoway Branch.
"It was my intention to ask for sponsorship for cycling from Stornoway to Carloway via Breasclete and back on 9th May 2020 - my 70th birthday.
"However, the forecast was not too good for Saturday , so I completed the 37 mile cycle trip on Wednesday May 6."
"I am justifiably proud of the men and women who continue to man our Lifeboat as well as those who work tirelessly on the shore-side and fund raising. Above all, the Lifeboat Institution is wholly dependent on voluntary contributions. So a heartfelt thank-you to all who have contributed."