I recently took over as Fundraising Chair for RNLI Salcombe & Kingsbridge Fundraising Crew. I thought it would be good to introduce myself to everyone although many of you will have met me at RNLI events and I call into the shop whenever I’m passing. To run our fundraising events around South Hams and open your RNLI shop on a regular basis, we need more volunteers.

I live in West Charleton with my wife Penny, who is also a volunteer fundraiser for the RNLI as well as giving her time to another local charity, KASC. We both work part time, Penny, in the Rowbury gallery in Salcombe on Tuesdays (call in and say hello if you’re passing) and I run a small website and marketing business from home. Before setting up my own business, I spent 25 years in sales and marketing for global telecommunications companies.

I’ve always been involved with voluntary work from Scouts as a youngster, a member of the Mountain Rescue Team in The Peak District as a young man and then community projects when I was older.

Going forward, I would like to re-introduce some of the fun volunteer get togethers so that we can meet up more often, start to have more street based fundraising events and of course continue with some of the bigger fund-raising events that have been so successful in the past. Next year is our 200th anniversary so the RNLI 200 celebrations will be a big year for us.

The key to our success will be down to recruiting more people who are as dedicated too, and passionate about the RNLI as we are, so I would ask you all to join in. We have no shortage of great ideas for fundraising, just not enough active volunteers to deliver them.

You can contact me anytime on email: Philip_Ward@RNLI.org.uk

RNLI Salcombe and Kingsbridge Fundraisers welcomed members of the Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club this week, for a tour of the Salcombe Lifeboat station. KEBC members were following up on an invitation extended to them, during a recent talk given by members of the lifeboat crew, at the club’s headquarters.
If you would like to join the RNLI Salcombe and Kingsbridge Fundraising Crew, and help us celebrate our 200th anniversary next year, contact our Chairperson Philip Philip_Ward@rnli.org.uk
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir toured to Salcombe in support of Salcombe RNLI Lifeboats giving a formal concert in Holy Trinity Church on Friday evening attended by nearly 200. Following this they entertained the locals with pint in hand at the Kings Arms.
On Saturday night they gathered at the Barn at South Milton for a relaxed evening of Song and Food. Attended by 120 guests the evening culminated with some wonderful community singing of classic traditional and popular songs. There was a specially written performance of ‘Crossing the Bar’ by the Choir.
A wonderful, fun, happy fundraising weekend for all the volunteers who worked to make it happen.
RNLI would like to place on their record thanks to the many sponsors who supported both evenings.
During a visit to Salcombe recently, students from Niagara University U.S.A. gave two performances of their version of ‘Shakespeare’s As You Like It with Song.’
The events organised by the ‘The Live Literature Performance Company’ took place at Cross Gardens with the amazing Salcombe Harbour as a backdrop. With some fifty people attending each performance the students raised more than £500 in aid of RNLI Salcombe Lifeboats.
In closing, Philip Ward, Chairman of the Salcombe & Kingsbridge Fundraising team thanked the company Director, Valerie Doulton, and students for two enjoyable evenings.