A hand putting money into an RNLI Lifeboats fundraising bucket

Winscombe District Fundraising Branch

Our team of community fundraising volunteers in and around Winscombe devote their time to raising vital funds for the RNLI.

Contact us

Name: Allan Cooper

Role: Chairman

Email: allan.coop@tiscali.co.uk

Phone: 07852 992381

Branch information

This branch includes the area around Winscombe from Nailsea in the north through Winscombe south to Wedmore and east from Winscombe through Cheddar, Priddy, Wells, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury to Street.

Our principle aims are raising money and the profile of the RNLI locally. In 2018 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a special Spectacular Firewalk that contributed to an Annual Total raised of £25,000. In particular, we like to raise funds for our local Lifeboat stations at Burnham-on-Sea and the New Lifeboat Station Facilities at Weston-Super-Mare but also for the whole RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards organisation.

Fundraising events include annual quiz, annual plant and garden sale, supper nights, folk and gospel concerts, day trips, village and town fairs, and garden centre and supermarket collections. The branch provides monthly copy about our activities to all the local parish and village magazines plus the two local newspapers and all the local village websites.

We are always looking for new volunteers and would love to hear from you.


To increase our fundraising, we are looking for a dedicated crew of volunteers:

Branch Members

Volunteers who are willing to collect for an hour or more 1-3 times a year at a branch event local to you. 

Volunteers who are willing to support or organise a branch event during the year. This is a vital role and a very easy way to get involved.

Branch friends

People who are willing to help with the set-up or organisation of branch events. This is a great way to really get involved, without the formality of joining the committee.

Committee Members

Volunteers who are willing to help the branch on a formal basis and take on a specific role and responsibilities. The committee meets four times a year and the events are organised by a team of committee members and branch friends.

We need your help

  • Collecting for 1 hour 1-3 times/year at supermarkets and garden centres
  • Helping or organising social and fundraising events
  • Join the committee

Please contact the Chairman for opportunities at this branch or check our volunteering vacancies.

The branch committee meets four times a year. Contact us for more information.

Recent activities in our branch

On Tuesday 24th March we should have held our AGM in Winscombe Cricket Club but this was postponed due to the Coronavirus crisis.

However, 2019 was a very successful year when we participated in 30 separate events: 9 collections at supermarkets/garden centres; 4 fair/fete type events; 4 charity card/souvenir sales events; 4 RNLI Meetings; 8 Branch organised events including 2 Folk Nights and 2 Supper Nights; and attendance at the very first Wells Emergency Services Day. The latter event was organised by Wells Rotary and proved to be a great success on a bright but chilly Sunday 1st September both for finance and the RNLI profile in our area. Our Treasurer Steve has reported a profit in 2019 of £22,978.

Events around Winscombe District Fundraising Branch