CARING port authority workers have helped raise funds for the RNLI during a recent open day at the Port of Troon, which offered everyone a chance to come together and take part in a charity raffle and bottle stall.

Following the successful event, a cheque for £800 was presented to Joe Millar, the local lifeboat Coxswain, who also received a ‘Thanks of the Institution’ award for his efforts in a rescue operation in 2015, which saved the lives of four people from a 140-tonne trawler, which had broken down in a storm.

Stuart Cresswell, Port Manager of Associated British Ports’ Scottish Ports of Ayr and Troon said: “Saving lives at sea around our coastlines is a fundamental part of the RNLI’s work. The station at Troon is an integral part of the local port community and ABP is happy to be able to support them in this small way”.

Established in 1871, the Lifeboat Station at Troon covers the lower Firth of Clyde with its two lifeboats, an inshore lifeboat and an all-weather lifeboat. The station’s crew members have received several RNLI medals for gallantry throughout the years for their life-saving work.

Joe Millar, Troon Lifeboat Coxswain, said: “On behalf of the Troon Lifeboat Station, I would like to thank ABP staff for all the help they give throughout the year and especially for raising funds to support our operations at their recent open day.”