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 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.