School boy has raised thousands for his local RNLI in memory of his fisherman father who was tragically taken by the sea.
Keiran was just six when his dad Craig, 25, was washed overboard from the fishing trawler Apollo, near Orkney in 2016. The coastguard helicopters, the military and RNLI searched tirelessly for many hours. His body was found 3 months later.
Keiran, along with his family and friends decided to help their local rescue lifeboats, the youngster helped take part in a fundraising car wash. He then went on to have his own fundraising event, a bike ride and fancy dress. The Kessock RNLI welcomed Keiran back to their annual charity car washes and open days, where he helped them to raise thousands. Many would hear about how inspiring Keiran is, and would post donations, learning that the lifeboats are all volunteers and rely on donations.
Five years on, he has helped to raise more than £10,000 for the RNLI and when he is old enough, he would like to join the volunteer crew who have become like family. Stan McCrae, operations manager at Kessock Lifeboat Station, said: “The whole crew are very proud of Keiran and his fantastic fundraising.”
Keiran said: “Fundraising is my way of thanking and remembering my dad, he enjoyed washing cars and I will never forget him. Helping to raise money for my local North Kessock Lifeboat team makes sure he won’t be forgotten. I plan to keep raising money for the RNLI, they have made me more than welcome over the years”