Bids Boost for Boats

A unique art auction has raised £410 for Dunbar Lifeboats.

Two RNLI-themed creations from coastal artists were specially commissioned by the Found Gallery in Dunbar’s High Street and opened up to bids, with 50% of the proceeds going to the charity.

The pieces – a rugged lifeboat man designed by Suffolk-based Joe Lawrence and a lifeboat created from recycled objects by Seth Draper – captured the imagination of art enthusiasts far and wide.

Amy Christie (centre) of the Found Gallery presents her cheque to Chris Woods (left) and Rebecca Miller (right) of Dunbar lifeboat crew. (photo: Gaz Crowe)

Amy Christie (centre) of the Found Gallery presents her cheque to Chris Woods (left) and Rebecca Miller (right) of Dunbar lifeboat crew. (photo: Gaz Crowe)

The auction was held to coincide with this year’s Lifeboat Day, on July 14, and Amy Christie of the Found Gallery was delighted with the response.

She said: “We were delighted to be able to take part in such a brilliant community event. Our Found team and I had a great time at Lifeboat Day making origami boats and clay creations at Dunbar Harbour. And our two fabulous pieces by Seth Draper and Joe Lawrence have found new homes and we’ve managed to raise some funds for the local station.” 

The two pieces auctioned – the rugged lifeboat man designed by Suffolk-based Joe Lawrence and the lifeboat created from recycled objects by Seth Draper (photo by Nick Mailer)

The two pieces auctioned – the rugged lifeboat man designed by Suffolk-based Joe Lawrence and the lifeboat created from recycled objects by Seth Draper (photo by Nick Mailer)

Both winning bidders wished to remain anonymous, but the lifeboat went to a local bidder and the lifeboat man went to a bidder in Poole, in Dorset, where the RNLI has its headquarters.

Presenting the cheque last week to Rebecca Miller and Chris Woods of the Dunbar crew, Amy added: “I would like to thank our artists, plus Nick Mailer for his images and Rebecca and Chris from the lifeboat crew for helping with our photo shoot! It’s been so much fun... and I got to see inside the lifeboat station too!”

Veronica Davies, chair of Dunbar RNLI Fundraising Committee, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Amy, Seth and Joe for supporting Dunbar RNLI. The ceramic pieces were beautifully crafted and I am not surprised that they raised such a large sum of money. Thanks also to everyone who put in a bid for the pieces.”


Dunbar Lifeboats Benefit from Big-Arted Auction

Dunbar RNLI are set to benefit from a unique auction to coincide with the town’s Lifeboat Day this Saturday (July 14).


Coastal artists Seth Draper and Joe Lawrence have joined up with The Found Gallery, on Dunbar’s High Street, to offer an exclusive chance to bid on their RNLI themed creations.

Both artists and the gallery will be generously donating 50% of the proceeds of their work to the RNLI station in Dunbar. 

Amy Christie of the Found Gallery said: “Here at the Found Gallery in Dunbar, we showcase work by many talented artists who are inspired by the British coast. Two of our favourites have been busy creating RNLI themed pieces for our forthcoming charity auction.”

Joe, a ceramic artist who lives in Suffolk has shown his amazing ability to capture the character of a rugged lifeboat man in ceramic, something which he usually does with great skill to fishermen and beachcombers alike. 


Seth, a mixed media sculptor, uses found and recycled objects to create his masterpieces has created a Lifeboat sculpture inspired by our all-weather lifeboat (ALB) to accompany the lifeboat man. Both pieces will be auctioned separately to coincide with the RNLI Dunbar Lifeboat day on Saturday, July 14.  

The Found Gallery is hosting and supporting the auction and both pieces are now on display. The gallery – which is open from Mon–Sat from 10am–5pm pm – will have a craft-filled day of events for the whole family as well as their usual selection of gorgeous artwork. 


Bids will need to be submitted to them via phone, email or in person at the Found Gallery, 84 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JH.

For more information please contact the gallery on 01368 863030, or Amy direct on [email protected]

Photo captions: Becs Miller and Chris Woods, of Dunbar Lifeboat crew, with the two pieces for auction – the lifeboat man by Seth Draper and lifeboat from Joe Lawrence (Photos by Nick Mailer, also a volunteer on the crew)

Well deserved recognition for Veronica Davies and the fundraising team

Congratulations to Veronica Davies, chair of our fundraising committee, who was honoured this week with a Citizen Award from Dunbar Community Council in recognition of the incredible work she and her team have done to raise money for our lifeboats over the years.

Veronica and her team work tirelessly to raise funds every year and make our annual Lifeboat Day a huge success.

Well done! 



Big Thank You To Dalkeith 3rd Guides.

Last Wednesday (30-5-18) the volunteer crew had the pleasure of showing the 3rd Dalkeith guides around Dunbar lifeboat station. The guides contacted the crew to arrange a visit as part of their girl-guiding water safety badge which they will be studying next term.

The girls had the chance to get on-board Dunbars inshore lifeboat and look at all the lifesaving equipment that the crew use. Part of the guides requirements for their water safety badge is to throw a rope over 5 meters, the crew got all the girls to try the throw-bags which are used on our boats, and all girls managed to successfully throw much further than 5 meters. The crew also showed the girls some lifesaving techniques from the latest RNLI respect the water campaign. 

Helmsmen Gaz Crowe along with helmsmen Alan Blair receiving the cheque from the winning team.

Helmsmen Gaz Crowe along with helmsmen Alan Blair receiving the cheque from the winning team.

At the end of the evening the girls informed the crew that they had been raising money for the RNLI over a period of time. The girls where in teams and the team who raised the most money won. The teams raised the money over various events such as bake sales, sponsored triathlon, movie nights and also a cinema night. Between all teams the girls raised a huge £806.95! The cheque was present by the winning team to two of Dunbars helmsman.  

A big thanks to the Dalkeith guides from all the crew here at Dunbar lifeboat station, this money will provide more lifesaving equipment and training for all crews within the RNLI. 

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Lifeboat Cube launched to raise funds for RNLI!

Courtesy of GWS Photography, Dunbar 

Dunbar RNLI in conjunction with GWS photography launch their Lifeboat Cube Poster to help raise funds for our brave volunteers! Check out your favourite member of the crew 'strike the pose' in a wee MDF box, all in the aid of charity! The crew at Dunbar lifeboat station have been busy visiting GWS photography down at there new studio at East links. Grahame kindly agreed to put together a crew cube to help raise funds for the RNLI. The crew visited his studio over a number of sessions with different equipment to try and show there humorous sides. This was great experience for all the crew who are delighted with the turn out.

The cube picture is available to buy online at all proceeds will be donated to the RNLI up until the 31st of December so get your orders in quick! 


Courtesy of GWS Photography, Dunbar

Grahame also very kindly took professional portraits of all the crew who attended and are also available to purchase too. This would be a great Christmas present for all family and friends. These can also be found online at 

On behalf of all the crew here at Dunbar Lifeboat station we would like to say a massive thank you to Grahame and all his team at GWS photography for all the hard work they have put into this. You can see more of Grahame's work here on his main website.

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.

Dunbar man named in Queen’s Birthday Honours for transforming community support

Ken Headley with his wife Marie receiving the Retail Supporter Award from HRH the Duke of Kent at the RNLI’s 2009 Annual Supporter Awards

Lifetime supporter of the RNLI, Ken Headley, has been recognised in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his transformative approach to charity fundraising in Dunbar, Scotland.


Ken Headley has supported the Dunbar lifeboat by raising an incredible £75,000 of donations in one year alone. Taking on the role of running the lifeboat station shop when it was threatened with closure due to a lack of volunteers, Ken worked tirelessly with his wife Marie to bring in new supporters and give the shop a new lease of life. Over the next five years he transformed the shop into a vibrant, thriving retail unit with strong connections to the local community in spite of its challenging location.

In 2012 Ken took on an even greater challenge in opening Scotland’s first high street RNLI lifeboat souvenir shop. This was no mean feat as the premises required a significant amount of work to bring it up to an acceptable standard as well as doubling his commitment of time and effort to manage the two full-time shops. With the full support of the Dunbar lifeboat crew behind him, thanks to his track record of hard work and commitment to the RNLI, Ken was able to engage the skills of the volunteer crew themselves to undertake significant parts of the work for free which substantially brought down the cost of renovation.

Incredibly Ken has taken sales from less than £7,000 in one year to a cumulative turnover of the two shops being in excess of £75,700. This massive growth in turnover is a direct result of Ken’s exceptional efforts and passion for the RNLI. The total turnover since 2008 would actually pay for the Dunbar inshore lifeboat five times over. 

RNLI Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, said: ‘In a charity like the RNLI you sometimes come across a volunteer whose single-handed efforts make a huge difference.  Ken Headley is one such volunteer. 

‘It is testament to Ken’s passion for fundraising that the two shops now have no shortage of willing volunteers with Ken fitting their shifts around their availability. The Chairman of Dunbar Lifeboat Station recognises that Ken’s leadership has had a fundamental impact on the way the RNLI raises funds in and around Dunbar and the new shop has been a real boost to the town, the lifeboat station and the RNLI.

‘His achievements in Dunbar are the work of a man with a real passion for what he does in support of the RNLI's mission to save lives at sea. I am thrilled that he is being recognised with an BEM.’

Ken Headley said ‘It’s an honour – an unexpected honour – to receive this award. I couldn’t do it without my team of fantastic volunteers, so I’m accepting the award on their behalf. It’s a great recognition of all their hard work too.’ 


Merryhatton Garden Centre Supports Dunbar RNLI

Merryhatton have chosen the RNLI as their Charity for this year and  all proceeds from their events to be divided equally between Dunbar and North Berwick.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent secret number prize draw in
aid of the RNLI.

The draw is now complete and we’ve opened the sealed envelope to reveal
the secret number was....13! The lucky winner of the £100 cash prize is
Jennifer Dixon from North Berwick.

The proceeds all go towards our fundraising for the RNLI in East Lothian
(Dunbar and North Berwick) the total raised so far now stands at £1180.23!
Thanks for all your support.
— Merryhatton Garden Centre Newsletter

Jennifer with her £100 prize