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RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week beats the weather to raise £20,000

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis came to a soggy end in the showers yesterday, but organisers are confident of a significant boost for RNLI funds.

Impressionist, actress and comedian Debra Stephenson at the opening ceremony.

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Impressionist, actress and comedian Debra Stephenson at the opening ceremony in Lifeboat Week

Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, whose members plan the week, believe donations to the life-saving charity will be in the region of £20,000.

Only one event - the Friday night fireworks display - had to be called off because of the weather.

Irene Roper, who is retiring as chairman of the guild after five years, said:'It has been a successful week despite the weather. Visitors, residents and traders have all been very generous as usual and have enjoyed our many events.

'It has been a great team effort and there have also been some superb individual achievements, such as 13 year old Josh Denning, who raised £473 with his collection bucket and help from his family.'

The week came to an end with a performance by the shanty singers, Harbour Voices of Lyme Regis.

But there were two surprises still to come. Irene Roper was treated to a celebration by other volunteers to mark her retirement as chairman.

And Emma Hughes, from Whitchurch Canonicorum, called into the lifeboat station with a donation of £420 raised at her 40th birthday party.

She said:'I wanted to raise money for the RNLI as I am an active member of Bridport Gig Club and my dad is a keen fisherman with a boat at West Bay.

'So I told everyone not to bring me a present but to make a donation. It was quite a big party.'

A Royal Navy helicopter gave a flypast during lifeboat week.

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A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter gave a flypast during lifeboat week.
The grand auction in the boathouse.

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The grand auction in the boathouse.
Winners of the bathtub race celebrate their victory.

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Winners of the bathtub race, from the sailing club, celebrate their victory.
RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew lost the tug 'o war, beaten by a team from the town's football club.

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RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew lost the tug 'o war competition, beaten by a team from the town's football club.

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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.

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