Reindeer Run helps buoy up lifeboat funds

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Santa Claus and a whole herd of reindeer cantered through Campbeltown on Sunday to help raise funds for the lifeboat.

Almost 30 men, women, children and dogs donned festive antlers as they took part in the town’s Reindeer Run, part of a national campaign calling on communities to gallop, canter, trot or walk 1K, 3K, 5K or 10K at their own pace to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI.

Several members of the Campbeltown lifeboat crew took part in the 3km walk which took participants from the lifeboat station to the former paddling pool on Kilkerran Road and back.

Personal trainer Jake Sanders, who organised the Campbeltown event, said: ‘The RNLI is hugely important locally, especially in a town based by the sea, on which we depend for a large portion of the local economy.

‘It’s great to support the charity where we can, either via fundraising or by doing events like this as a town.

‘It was good to see so many people come along and take part to support the RNLI and it was good to see so many children taking part, as well as having something fun to do together this close to Christmas.’

He added: ‘Massive thanks to everyone who took part and contributed and thanks to both the RNLI team who took part in their full gear and to those who risk their lives providing a vital rescue service all-year round.’

So far, the town event has raised more than £300.

An RNLI spokesperson said: ‘Last year, brave volunteer crews across Scotland launched to the rescue of people in danger 1,071 times; that’s three launches each and every day of the year!

‘Keeping a modern fleet of lifeboats maintained, fuelled and ever ready to go to the rescue from all 46 lifeboat stations in Scotland is expensive and we rely entirely on voluntary donations to ensure this service is maintained.

‘Add to that crew training and kit, and the pounds start to add up. In fact, it costs an average of £155,000 just to run one of our lifeboat stations in Scotland for a full year.

‘The money raised through the Reindeer Run will help to power this lifesaving service in Scotland.’