Family's experience inspires donation
A LOCAL music school's generous donation to a group of lifesavers was inspired by family history.
When Skin Deep held their annual fun day last month they raised £500 and it was decided that the charity which the group would support this year was RNLI Fraserburgh.
Many people in the north-east have benefitted from the bravery of the RNLI, the largest charity to save lives at sea as well as provide education to reduce the risk of people coming into trouble while in or on water.
Skin Deep's Jayne and Ian Brown said:"Skin Deep Music School donated £500 to the Fraserburgh Lifeboat, and the money was raised from their annual fun day raffle.
"Ian, Jayne and tutors were so very proud of their pupils and their performance - you were all amazing!
"Many thanks to the family and friends who came along and supported you all.
"A big thank you to the Skin Deep crew, we couldn't do it without you all, and thanks to the staff at Station Hotel.
"We have always admired the Lifeboat crew as they do an amazing job saving lives."
Somebody who is only too aware of the difference the RNLI can make to families is Jayne, who's grandfather George Masson was saved by the Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew around 60 years - an experience for which the family still feel indebted to this date.
At the time he was the skipper of the Ocean Swell FR69, and along with his friend Billy Clark had gone to fish in the waters just outside Fraserburgh when they found themselves caught up in the midst of a storm.
The storm caused bad swells at the entrance of the harbour meaning that the pair were unable to return to the safety of landed and found themselves adrift at sea until a brave crew managed to find them and pull them on board the Lifeboat.
The Ocean Swell was later picked up by a German ship.
In the 1960s Jayne's dad George Trail volunteered as a member of the Lifeboat crew in Fraserburgh, and after coxswain Victor Sutherland accepted the cheque from Jayne and her parents the crew were more than happy to take them on a tour of the Lifeboat Station where they discussed with George the various pieces of equipment and aspects of the role that have changed since his time as a volunteer.