The annual Hoylake Lifeboat Open Day on August Bank Holiday Monday has been called off for a second successive year due to uncertainty over Covid.
The announcement has been made by Hoylake RNLI on their Facebook page.
They wrote: “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce Hoylake and RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat Open Day will once again not be going ahead this year.
“Our annual community fundraising event is normally held on the August Bank Holiday and raises thousands of pounds for the RNLI. But it’s been impossible for us to organise this year’s Lifeboat Open Day due to Government restrictions on social distancing and ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19.
“We have a duty of care to our volunteer lifeboat crews and fundraisers, as well as to the many visitors, exhibitors and vendors who would normally attend to show their support for our lifesaving charity. It’s important that we help to keep everyone safe and well.”
The RNLI is hopeful it will be able to hold some smaller fundraising events and bucket collections later in the year and is encouraging residents, pubs and cafes to hold their own events to raise vital funds.
They added: “Last year we had great support from local residents, pubs, and cafes, who organised some excellent small charity events in their gardens, roads, and streets, those events raised many hundreds of pounds for us and we are hoping that the residents will again support us in our efforts to raise funds.”
People can donate online here or send cheques to: Lifeboat Treasurer, Hoylake Lifeboat Station, North Parade, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 3AL.