Lifeboat crews in Peterhead are urging supporters to host their own buttery mornings to help bolster their funds in the absence of this year’s Scottish Week fundraiser.
The annual buttery morning hosted by RNLI Peterhead, in the Palace Hotel during the Blue Toon’s celebrations, is one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers each year and something of a tradition in the town.
Like most of the Scottish Week celebrations this year, coronavirus restrictions have forced its cancellation. However, there’s still a way supporters can fundraise for the lifeboat charity at home.
Caroline Weir, chairwoman of the RNLI Peterhead fundraising committee, said: “The lifeboats have always been associated with Scottish Week ever since it started in 1962. They took out a trade stand during the first two years before the buttery morning started in 1964.
“It takes in a great amount for us each year and incorporated a raffle too. We felt it still had to be marked in some way as it is such a landmark event in the RNLI Peterhead calendar. We are inviting people all to mark the occasion and host their own buttery morning, garden party or afternoon tea this week and make a donation instead.”
Last year’s buttery morning raised more than £1,000, and funding boosts like that are proving a big miss for the team in Peterhead, which has running costs of around £100,000 per year.
The charity is inviting people to enjoy a cuppa and buttery with friends, and share photos of their home event on social media.
Donations can be made via sealed envelope marked “buttery morning” to the lifeboat hub in West Pier or online by searching RNLI Peterhead on Facebook.