Rotary Club Marks End Of Rescue Operations With Fundraising Appeal

rnas culdrose helicopter 3Scilly’s Rotary Club has launched an appeal to raise cash for the Royal Navy’s benevolent charity.

It’s a final thank you from locals to mark 771 Squadron’s support over the years.

From 1st January the Culdrose search and rescue work will transfer to Newquay, where Bristow will operate the privatised operation.

Rotarian Tim Guthrie says he wants to bring in as much money as possible.

Tim says there are few families in Scilly who haven’t been touched by the work of the helicopter crew over the years – from flying out pregnant mums to helping critically injured patients.

The Culdrose pilots visited the islands on a ‘farewell tour’ in October and spent time talking to islanders. They also took part in a training exercise with the local coastguard and lifeboat teams.

Tim discussed raising money to mark the Search and Rescue team’s contribution to islands’ life during that trip.

He hopes to raise £1,000 for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, which looks after serving and former Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel and their families.

You can donate in a collection box outside Tim’s Hugh St home and the Rotary Club hope to present the funds to the crew at St Mary’s airport sometime before Christmas.