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Looking ahead to Scottish Skipper Expo 2024, the RNLI Fundraising Team reflect on the success of this year’s show and the important role it plays on maintaining and improving the organisation’s services each year.

The 2023 Scottish Skipper Expo show provided a return to normality post-COVID and a welcome return to fundraising activity for the RNLI, and in particular for RNLI Aberdeen Lifeboat Station.

Spencer Harris, RNLI Community Manager for Northeast Scotland said, “We were blown away by the support at this year’s event in particular and couldn’t be more thankful to our supporters for visiting our stall, buying a souvenir and making a donation. We’re also extremely thankful for other stallholders who helped raise funds for the RNLI, with Certas Energy UK LTs raising over £650 through a raffle. This type of fundraising is crucial to the future of the RNLI and we simply cannot perform any of our lifesaving services without it. Everyone supporting us, buying a souvenir, making a donation or even just learning a little bit more about our key water safety messaging, is truly a lifesaver.”

Both days proved to be extremely busy, with the new stand layout allowing more visitors to interact with staff and volunteers, finding out more about the vital work the RNLI does, especially locally from lifeboat stations in Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Peterhead.

Visitors and supporters were extremely generous as the RNLI raised a huge amount of funds across the two days, with over £950 raised through sales of retail souvenirs and over £300 raised through donations into collection buckets. Not only that, but 8 new RNLI members were signed up to help provide longer-term support to the charity.

With the Scottish Skipper Expo set to run every second year from 2024, it is more important than ever to visit the RNLI Fundraising stand at the show to donate and help to maintain the vital services they provide.