Shaggy Dog story leads to a whopper RNLI donation

THE heart-warming story of a dog rescued by Dunbar RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew has raised a remarkable £2,800 for the station – and helped educate children on seaside safety.

 Left to right: Laura with Bramble Crew: Rebecca and Chrissstopher also Jane with Thistle 

Left to right: Laura with Bramble Crew: Rebecca and Chrissstopher also Jane with Thistle 

‘Bramble and Thistle’, a children’s book penned by Laura Graham, illustrated by her friend Jane Rutherford and inspired by the work of Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat crew, has sold out its print run, raising the staggering amount in the process.

Laura and Jane, two teachers at Belhaven Hill School, teamed up to publish the book after being amazed by the work of their local volunteer crew.

Laura, whose Bedlington Terrier Bramble has now starred in two children’s adventures, said: “We were thrilled by the interest in the book. It had only been on sale since December but completely sold out.

“We asked people to make a donation for the book and most people very generously gave £5. Thanks to another incredibly generous donation that covered our printing costs we were able to pass all the proceeds to Dunbar lifeboat station.

“The crew do a lot of good work with the school children so it’s been great to be able to give something back.”

Delighted Dunbar RNLI Coxswain Gary Fairbairn, said: “We can’t thank Laura and Jane enough. What they have done is a great achievement, especially in a small town like Dunbar.”

Gary, who took receipt of the cheque from Laura and Jane this week, added: “Not only is it a lovely story but it will hit home to kids the importance of staying safe at the seaside.”

The book, which was sold in various shops around Dunbar, told the story of mischievous scamp Bramble landing Thistle in trouble on Belhaven Beach. The quick thinking dog raised the alarm, however, sparking a rescue from the volunteer crew.