Jammy idea to raise pots of RNLI cash

Betty Bayliss, (the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat), Mike Russell, coxswain of Whitby Lifeboat and fundraiser Maria Taylor. Photo: Ceri Oakes.
Betty Bayliss, (the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat), Mike Russell, coxswain of Whitby Lifeboat and fundraiser Maria Taylor. Photo: Ceri Oakes.

A Whitby volunteer has come up with an idea that could help raise pots of cash.

Betty Bayliss, a fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), has sent out an SOS to Whitby residents for empty jam jars so they can be re-labelled as mini collection pots for people’s loose change.

Betty is appealing to local cafe’s, B&Bs and hotels, or anyone who uses the small pots, to keep them aside so that they can be collected by the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat volunteer fundraisers, cleaned, and re-labelled.

The pots will then be given out to anyone who is willing to save up their 5ps for a good cause.

The RNLI rely on donations to pay for vital training and equipment for their volunteer crews.

Betty, who is vice chairman of the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat, said: “I’ve had some great support from local businesses so far, but due to high demand my jam jars are already in short supply.

“We would be very grateful if anyone could donate some empty jam jars to the appeal.

“The fundraising idea not only raises money for the lifeboat but it also promotes recycling.”

She added: “Don’t throw them in the bin – they are helping to save lives!”

The idea for Betty’s 5p Pots first came from Betty Frith, who was the honorary treasurer for over 20 years at the Hertford branch of the RNLI.

Sadly Mrs Frith passed away, but Betty is hoping to continue her legacy and introduce the idea in Whitby.

For collection of the pots please contact Whitby Lifeboat station on 01947 602216 or alternatively you can drop them off at the station which is by the Fish Pier.

Visit www.rnli.org.uk for more information about the RNLI.