The organisers of a sell-out fashion show which helped raise £2,800 for a lifesaving Helensburgh charity have thanked residents for their support.

The RNLI Helensburgh event at the town's Sailing Club on Thursday, November 9 was the organisation’s first in years and was a 'great success'.

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Organiser Lesley Quirk said: “We haven’t run a fashion show for a number of years and we were overwhelmed with the number people of who bought tickets for the show.

“Our thanks to the many local shops and businesses who supported us with some fantastic raffle prizes and to our sponsors who helped us with hair, make up, staging, plants, wine, food, and staging.

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“Thank you to Helensburgh Sailing Club for the use of the clubhouse.

“None of this would have been possible without the staff at Wilkies who worked with us to run the show, and our volunteer fundraising team.”

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After enjoying a glass of wine and some canapés the audience were treated to a fabulous evening featuring 10 glamourous models - all local volunteers including two of the lifeboat crew – who wore a range of autumn and winter clothing from Wilkies.

The RNLI Helensburgh are looking for new volunteers and encourage locals who are interested to get in touch and get involved.

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Lesley added: “We are always looking for new faces with fresh ideas to help us raise money for our lifeboat crew to help them save lives at sea.

“You do not need any particular skills just a willingness to lend a hand at events and have fun, we would love to hear from you.”

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The RNLI Helensburgh will visit the Hermitage Academy Christmas Fair and the Lomond School Fair where they will be selling Christmas cards which are also on sale at the Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Details of their popular New year’s Day Dook will be launched online soon.

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The Helensburgh lifeboat has 18 volunteer crew, including seven helms who just this year were called out a total of 58 times - almost double the number of shouts of 2022.

The RNLI is the charity which saves lives at sea and relies almost entirely on donations.

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There are 46 lifeboat stations in Scotland and each crew is on call 24/ 7, 365 days of the year so that they are always ready to help someone facing difficulty in the water.

Training and fully equipping a single crew member costs an average of £3,500.