Pete Penycate from the Worthing Branch of the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society supported SOS Radio Week in aid of Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station and presented donations received from various radio contacts made nationwide to George Woodland (a former deputy coxswain), in the absence of Coxswain Martin Rudwick, otherwise engaged on a service call giving assistance to a disabled fishing boat.
SOS Radio Week is an event designed to coincide with the RNLI’s own SOS Fundraising Day, which this year ran from 21th to 29th January and represented an opportunity for amateur radio enthusiasts to have a fun week operating during the darkest time of the year whilst raising money for the RNLI at the same time.
The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society aims to promote the RNLI to the amateur radio community throughout the UK and Ireland, including running both national and local fund-raising events.
Pete commented: “Although I made quite a few contacts, mainly throughout the length and breadth of England, it was noticeable that this year’s fundraising efforts only realized about half as much as last year due to the economic climate”. Nevertheless, the £70 collected was very much appreciated by Selsey RNLI.