Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week raises £30,000 for life-saving charity
Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis this year raised £30,000 for the RNLI charity, the organisers have announced.
Treasurer Brian Cursley revealed the figure at last night's (Sept 6) meeting of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.
It was the first meeting of the organising committee since the week's summer events, and Mr. Cursley said:' The total simply underlines a very successful week.'
The top five donation-earning events were the water and wine stall, the glossy programme of the week's events, the lucky dip, breakfast baps and the duck race.
Guild chairman Irene Roper said:'It's an astonishing result to raise £30,000 this year despite the bad weather.
'Once again,it demonstrates the generosity of visitors and residents alike, local traders and, of course, the hard work of all of our volunteers.
'Our local media also played a vital role publicising lifeboat week extensively.
'The money raised is a significant contribution to the life-saving work of our RNLI volunteers.'
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 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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland