Josie White presents RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with �1,784

Torbay RNLI: Pharmacy community celebration raises cash for Bay lifeboats

David Phillips

As I write this article I am moored in Tobermory Harbour on the Isle of Mull.

As well as enjoying the Scottish scenery, we are witnessing the end of the RNLI Torbay Kilimanjaro Cycle Challenge which has taken our 8 intrepid crew on a physically demanding journey through the Inner Hebrides.

This is raising a significant amount of money towards the overall Kilimanjaro Challenge. More about this in a future article.

Meanwhile, closer to home Day Lewis Pharmacy came to the aid of the RNLI last week.

When the Day Lewis Pharmacy on Barton Hill Road in Torquay planned a week-long community celebration, they asked the local branch of the RNLI, the Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers (TLF), if they could sponsor them.

Branch chairman Peter Thorp was only too glad to hear this, especially as the pharmacy said that whatever donations TLF collected during the week Day Lewis would match that amount.

Pharmacy manager Josie White and community champion Mel Larcombe enabled the fundraisers to collect public donations throughout the week and sell raffle tickets and cakes to bolster the amount raised.

Josie was lost for words when she realised the final total was over £1,700.

At a special open day, the RNLI’s mascot Stormy Stan cut the ribbon to start the event and Josie presented Stormy with a cheque for £1,784.

Peter said: “Local community organisations such as Day Lewis and their customers are part of our life blood.

“Keeping the two Torbay lifeboats in the water all year round costs just over £200,000 so events like this are extremely welcome and our fundraisers can only applaud and thank the pharmacy staff for their support of the RNLI and the Torbay branch

David Phillips, RNLI Torbay community engagement ambassador.