Equipment manufacturer makes RNLI donation

The cheque handover

MCCLOSKEY Equipment has made a £500 donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) following a competition on its Facebook page.

On Friday 11 December 2020 – internationally recognised as Christmas Jumper Day – McCloskey held a competition where followers could vote for their favourite Christmas jumper. Photographs of McCloskey employees wearing their personal jumpers were shared on the page for fans to Like, with every reaction adding to the total donation and entering the individual into a prize draw.

In total, the competition gained more than 10,000 Impressions and 497 Likes on the 13 images. Brothers Craig and Colin Wilkie both gained a strong start in the competition, which ran from 8am to 4pm. The two battled throughout the day, with the lead switching hands more than 10 times. However, it was Colin who ultimately triumphed, with a total of 86 Likes, with the winner allowed their choice of charity.

McCloskey has now turned every Like into £1, donating a total of £500 to the RNLI. Fittingly, the cheque was handed over by the brothers’ father Jim, an Isle of Mull resident, to the RNLI in Tobermory. The donation will enable four members of the crew to be completely kitted out in proactive outwear, contribute to additional PPE expenditure, and support the upkeep of the station’s boat.

Every person who liked the post was entered into a prize draw to win McCloskey merchandise. Sam Holroyd was chosen at random from those who voted on the images and has been presented with a McCloskey jacket, beanie hats and triple-layer face masks.

RNLI Tobermory coxswain, David McHaffie, said, “This is a very generous donation by McCloskey Equipment, we are very grateful for their efforts. Their donation will help provide essential kit keeping our volunteers as safe as possible whilst saving lives at sea.”

Tim Watson of McCloskey Equipment added, “It’s the first time we’ve run a competition on our Facebook page and it was great to see so many people get in the Christmas spirit. Our customers know they can rely on the support from McCloskey Equipment and we wanted to extend this further, especially with the challenges faced throughout the pandemic.

“It really was a win-win scenario. Our followers got to see a more personal side of McCloskey Equipment, as well as the opportunity to win some exclusive merchandise. The RNLI benefited from a donation, which I’m sure will go a long way to keeping their crew safe. We wanted to spread some Christmas cheer with the team, our followers and the wider industry, whilst also giving something back to the community. Given the restrictions of Christmas 2020, we were delighted with the response and hope to hold more competitions on our social channels on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube in future.”