Buffs rake in cash for RNLI

KIND members of a charity have clubbed together to raise nearly £2.000 for lifesaving heroes.

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) raised a total of 1,798 for the RNLI in a year-long fundraising drive.

Graham Holmes was chief officer for the RAOB South Durham province last year and organised a number of prize draws among his members to help raise the cash.

Graham, 46, who lives in Blackhall Colliery, said: "Members each take the role of the chief officer for a year and it is their job to try and raise as much money as they can for the chosen charity.

"We try to help out local charities every year.

"With the marina and the amount of boats in Hartlepool we thought the RNLI was a cause close to the hearts of many. We all recognise just what a tremendous job they do in difficult circumstances.

"There wasn't really a target of how much we wanted, but it was a great effort to raise as much as we did."

The main base for the South Durham section of the RAOB is in Shotton Colliery.

But Graham, who works in Morrell and Sons butchers, in York Road, Hartlepool, said all of the members of the charity played their part and thanked everyone for digging deep to help the cause.

He added: "All of the minor RAOB lodges bought tickets for our draws and donated money, it all adds up to help donate such a fantastic amount of money."

The RNLI is made up of teams of volunteers, and relies on public donations to keep the operation running to help save lives at sea.