LOCAL fund-raisers Nick and Christine Scaife teamed up with Whitby International Pirates Society last weekend in aid of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat.
Nick and Christine organise an annual fund-raising weekend in support of the rescue boat and this year, their efforts were boosted by the help of some local pirates.
Organiser Nick Scaife said: “My wife and I have been raising funds for Runswick Bay Rescue Boat since 1994.
“It all started when we still lived in Huddersfield and it has eventually evolved into a fund-raising weekend.
“It is basically an excuse for a sing-song but we always raise plenty of money for a really good cause.
“We raised £820 over the weekend – £725 here in Whitby and a friend of mine who has a public house in Leek who usually comes over but could not attend this year sent us £95 that he had collected.
“Whitby International Pirates Society were a great help – they went around pubs in the town collecting money and raised a lot of cash and we are very grateful to them for their efforts.
“We were in the Friendship club on the Friday evening and then Barry Allen, the landlord of The Endeavour who is always very generous, hosted us on the Saturday.
“There was a great turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
“We held a raffle and held collections and put on a corned beef hash supper for which we requested donations.
“I cannot thank all the people who help me with the fund-raising enough.
“Bothams, The Whitby Catch, Sue Rae at the Black Horse, Billy Wilson and the Co-op are all really supportive.
“I have friends from the world of folk music who come from all parts of the country, including Essex, Lancashire and Durham to take part in the weekend and that support always makes for a great weekend.
Alan Charman, captain of the Pirates Society, said he and his fellow pirates had a great time collecting money for Runswick Bay.
Mr Charman said: “We visited a number of local pubs collecting money and had a great night in the process.
“We asked for donations from the patrons as an alternative to being made to walk the plank.
“The Pirates Society always enjoy getting involved in fund-raising.”
Graham Naylor, chairman of the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat, added: “The funds raised by Christine and Nick Scaife and their friends are always greatly appreciated.
“They do a magnificent job every year and enable us to be able to purchase the best possible kit for our crew who go out and risk their lives trying to help people in trouble.”