By Dan Walsh
Fethard RNLI’s fundraising branch has begun to distribute RNLI Christmas cards to local shops and businesses, while local swimming group Hooked on Swimming have begun their 12 swims of Christmas fundraiser which will see proceeds raised power the lifesaving work of the volunteer lifeboat crew.
In the past week, local shops and businesses throughout the Hook Peninsula, have been stocked up with beautiful Christmas cards for locals and visitors to purchase.
Meanwhile, the local swimming group Hooked on Swimming, began their 12 swims of Christmas. From now, until their final swim on New Year’s Day, the swimmers will brave the elements and swim 12 times for the RNLI. The 12 Swims group began last year and has grown from strength to strength, now comprising of 140 swimmers.
This group have also arranged a coffee morning on Sunday, December 11th, at St Marys Community Hall, Fethard. Everyone in the community is invited to come down and join them for light refreshments, raffle prizes and festive treats.
Speaking about the fundraising activities this Christmas, Sarah Bates from Fethard RNLI Fundraising Branch said: ‘We are very lucky to have fantastic people in our community who are so willing to support the life-saving work of their local lifeboat crew. We hope our Christmas cards sell out and that the whole community will show their support for our local swimmers and their 12 swims of Christmas.
“RNLI volunteers will be on call this festive season and ready to leave their loves ones to save others this Christmas. They really appreciate the generous fundraising efforts and the donations raised that helps them to continue their work in saving lives at sea,” concluded Ms. Bates.