A LIFESAVING service is receiving support from the community in its hour of need.

Workington RNLI has had to cancel all fundraising events this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Whitehaven couple Sarah and Derek O’Reilly have come to the rescue.

The couple are members of Whitehaven Sailing and Boating Association, which every year raises funds at their presentation night for the RNLI station in either St Bees or Workington.

Sarah said: “It’s a service that we really appreciate, which is why we fundraise every year.”

This year the presentation night is supporting Workington RNLI, and although the event has moved online, they won’t let Covid-19 stop their fundraising.

“One by one all their fundraisers got cancelled. I really felt it was something that was important to do,” said Sarah.

She added that it is particularly important to support the service given their essential and lifesaving work.

“They’ve been operating right through the pandemic rescuing people who need help – and it’s not just boats that they’re on call for.

“People have been encouraged to go to the beach as their daily exercise, they’re busier than ever.”

The club’s presentation night is an important event in the members’ calendar.

“We’re going to have the event on Zoom. I’ll remind people to donate when they’re online, and I’m hoping to get a few more on the night.”

The RNLI has launched its own fundraising campaign, the Christmas Appeal to Save Lives at Sea.

The public are being asked to support lifeboat stations everywhere, helping volunteers return home to their families. This year, donations will provide volunteer crews with the new training and equipment needed to adapt during the pandemic.

To support Sarah and Derek’s appeal, search “Workington RNLI Fundraisers” on Just Giving.