Mum’s fundraising appeal after RNLI’s touching tribute to son

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A mum who could not put into words how touched she was by the actions of Campbeltown’s RNLI crew has started a fundraising campaign in their honour.

Lynette Stevens was ‘totally overwhelmed’ when she found out what the crew did when they found a message in a jar released into Campbeltown Loch in memory of her son, Tyler.

Every year, Lynette, who is mum to 17-year-old Logan, 15-year-old James and nine-year-old Liam, honours the memory of Tyler who passed away 12 years ago when he was just 23 hours old.

‘Usually we release a balloon,’ Lynette said, ‘but this year, Liam wanted to do a message in a jar. We took it across from Davaar and put it into the sea on March 14.’

Two days later, Lynette received an email from Campbeltown’s volunteer RNLI crew to say that they discovered the jar, which was filled with fairy lights as well as messages from all the family, floating in the loch when they returned from a patrol.

The crew decided to take the jar further out to sea to put it into the outgoing current so it could continue on its journey. They took photographs and made a video, and sent Lynette details of where they took the jar before releasing it back into the sea.

Lynette said: ‘I can’t thank them enough, my family was so touched by their act of kindness, and so emotional. That is not their job, they did not need to do that. Those guys are girls are out there all the time, in all weathers – for them to do that was so thoughtful.’

She said that it took her a while to compose herself before she decided to embark on a campaign to raise £500 for the charity, which saves lives at sea.

All last week, Lynette offered free skin-care consultations and express facials within Keeping It Local’s Main Street premises in return for donations to the RNLI.

She used Body Shop products during the treatments and allowed clients to order those they liked. She will donate some of the commission she receives from those orders to the RNLI.

There was also a raffle with prizes donated by many local businesses, as well as a free prize draw for all who attended.

Lynette said: ‘Support has been fantastic from local businesses – Cadenheads let me and my wee boy fill up a bottle of whisky and they put a personalised label for Tyler on it. And members of the RNLI team have been in and out all week saying hello.’

Lynette moved to Campbeltown last May and says she has found local people to be very welcoming.

‘Their support and donations are fantastic,’ she said.

Lynette also has a JustGiving page which will be open until the end of June, and can be found by searching for her name on the website. All donations will be gratefully received.

‘I’m close to my target,’ Lynette said. ‘I’m confident that I will reach it.’