Barmouth RNLI honours faithful fundraiser
At their annual ‘Thank-you’ evening on 1 December 2017, Fundraising Chair Wendy Ponsford addressed a crowded room of supporters, crew members, and RNLI shop volunteers.
Explaining that the event was held for all those who had supported Barmouth RNLI during the year, she thanked them for their continuing and generous help.
June Davies, Barmouth RNLI Treasurer and Shop Manager announced another record-breaking year for the station. During 2017, a total of over £60,000 had been raised from events held, the RNLI shop and donations. Much of this success was due to the tremendous support received from all the crew, local businesses as well as visitors to the station.
During the evening, Barmouth Fundraiser Eric Tranter was presented with an inscribed cut glass goblet for over 50 years of support for the RNLI. Eric had been Vice-Chairman of the Dudley Branch in the West Midlands before moving to Fairbourne and becoming a member of the Barmouth Fundraising Committee and has been responsible for collecting lifeboat boxes from Fairbourne and the surrounding areas for many years.
The next event in the RNLI calendar will be the annual New Year’s Day Dip on 1 January 2018 at 11 am. The dip is open to anyone feeling brave enough to participate and sponsor forms can be obtained from Barmouth Lifeboat Station or by emailing Barmouth@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.