Funds appeal for lifeboat pontoon

The Leverburgh Lifeboat 'RNLB the Royal Thames' moored beside the current pontoon facility. Picture by Innes MacCuish.
The Leverburgh Lifeboat 'RNLB the Royal Thames' moored beside the current pontoon facility. Picture by Innes MacCuish.

A fundraising appeal has been launched by Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat station to raise £60,000 towards the cost of a new fixed pontoon.

Access to the Lifeboat is currently via a temporary modular pontoon. This type of facility, while extremely useful, is not an ideal long-term solution to the needs of the volunteer crew.

A new pontoon berth will allow the crew to be able to reach the Lifeboat more safely and quickly, saving precious minutes which could make all the difference between life and death for a casualty at sea. It will also increase the ease and safety with which disabled casualties can be landed.

A generous donation of £10,000 has already been received towards the cost of the new facility from the Jeffrey trust.

The small community which Leverburgh Lifeboat Station serves already raises approximately £20,000 per year toward everyday RNLI running costs, but the proposed pontoon berth requires additional funding.

The aim of this appeal is to seek assistance from other groups or individuals.

Leverburgh RNLI Honorary President, Hamish Taylor commented: “The proposed new pontoon berth is a very necessary development at Leverburgh Lifeboat station, and will significantly enhance crew safety when boarding their boat in a hurry.

It is also the first step in the long-term consolidation and development of the facilities at the Station for the future.”

Anybody wishing to contribute to the appeal fund can make a donation to Leverburgh Lifeboat Station through their ‘Just Giving’ page, on www.justgiving.com/Leverburgh-RNLI-Pontoon or payments can be made direct to the RNLI.