Well you’ll be glad to hear we succeeded on both counts and we were thrilled to come away with two prizes, one for ‘Best Designed Raft’ and the second (and most important in our opinion) for most money raised by a team.
We raised a whopping £3,241 for the Portishead Lifeboat and we’d like to say a huge thank to you to everyone who sponsored us. We really can’t tell you how much we and the RNLI appreciate every penny.
Now for the bad news, despite the best efforts of our valiant crew, we came second to last in the actual raft race! Although our raft looked pretty damn awesome (even if we do say so ourselves,) it turned out our home made paddles were pretty useless and the whole raft was pretty wobbly once in the water; cue plenty of capsizes and lots of wet sailors. Shiver me timbers – quite literally!
Lots of fun was had by all though and we’ll definitely be back with a new and hopefully better design for 2017.
Check out some more pics below…..
A huge thanks again to all our fantastic and generous sponsors and to the TruffleShuffle team for giving up their time to build and sail our very own version of One Eyed Willies Pirate Ship – the Inferno.
Our MD’s son was the youngest person to have ever been rescued by the fantastic team of volunteers at just 6 weeks old so it’s a cause which is very close to our hearts. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives and volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. The RNLI needs to raise a whopping £335,000 every day to run the 235 lifeboat stations and 163 lifeguarded beaches so we’re hoping to raise as much as possible to support this fantastic charity.
We’re going for a Goonies theme for our raft and are hoping to come up with something One Eyed Willie would be proud of (pics to follow soon!)
We’ll be battling our way across the lake and around the island to the finishing line and with prizes awarded for the winning rafts as well as the “Best Dressed Raft”, “Best Designed Raft” and “Most Sponsorship Raised”, we’ve gotta win something right? If not – our MD will be walking the plank!
If you’d like to show your support for this fantastic charity and help us on our way to raising our target of £2,500, please visit our Just Giving page here. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Or if you’re local to Bristol – please come on down and cheer us on! It’s fun for all the family and all for a brilliant cause so well worth a visit! Full details here!
Thank you so so much in advance and we’ll be sure to post a follow up blog next week to let you know how we got on and how many of us ended up in the water! Eeeeek!