Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week raises £25,000 for the life-saving charity
Organisers of RNLI Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis have announced donations of more than £25,000 during this year's event.
More than fifty separate events were staged during the week, ranging from the Eastern Promise belly dancers to the bathtub race and tug o' war across the harbourmouth. Records were broken with more than a thousand little plastic competitors taking part in the duck race along the River Lim with hundreds cheering them on, and a wine or water lucky dip stall where eight thousand tickets were sold at a pound each.
Dozens of youngsters met the lifeboat crew as their parents took advantage of a photo opportunity on the lifeboat. More than 80 swimmers took part in a gruelling challenge over an 85m course from Cobb Gate to the harbour.
In the bathtub race a crew of Dorset firefighters won for the sixth year running. But the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were delayed when they had to rescue the Colyton Butchers' bathtub as it started to drift.
The week was planned as usual by members of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild. Chairman Irene Roper said:"It was a great week and a tremendous result. We are very grateful to all those who gave so generously to our charity.
We must also thank all those sponsors, including local traders, who once again gave us superb support."
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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