On Wednesday 15th June Young’s Seafood Limited celebrated 70 years of serving the nation their favourite scampi. The celebrations took place at Young’s scampi factory in Annan, Scotland, and featured speeches from Young’s Seafood staff, including Annan factory’s own Operations/Engineering Manager, Rory Fergusson. The speeches took place alongside a delicious scampi lunch and a raffle that raised over £500, all of which was donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Sandra Cramb visited the factory on behalf of the RNLI on the 8th July to receive the cheque from Young’s Seafood employees Jennifer Howatson and Rory Fergusson. Young’s Seafood were pleased to have the opportunity to support such an appropriate charity given the Company’s strong connections with the sea and a total of £510 was raised on the day, which was an excellent effort. The raffle was in part made possible thanks to the generous prizes donated by local suppliers and contractors who attended the event.
The RNLI has sites across Scotland, with many of them local to the Young’s Seafood scampi factory in Annan.
Rory Fergusson, Operations/Engineering Manager at Young’s Seafood’s Annan factory , commented: “Last month’s event at our scampi factory in Annan was a huge success and I’m delighted that we were able to raise this money to donate to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
“We have supported the charity in the past and seen first hand the many ways in which they help the UK’s coastal towns and cities. Our Fish for Life Corporate Social Responsibility Programme aims to support the communities that Young’s Seafood calls home, and I’m thrilled that RNLI will receive the money raised from the anniversary celebrations.”
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives. They rely solely on public donations and legacies to maintain their rescue service and as a charity are separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 lifeboat crewmembers and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in RNLI museums, shops and offices.
At the anniversary celebrations, employees from the Annan site and Young’s senior leadership team met with the local MSP, Councillors and representatives of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Enterprise, the NHS and many other key organisations to sample Young’s famous scampi and celebrate the company’s rich heritage. Together they helped raise over £500 for the RNLI.