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Port Isaac RNLI thanks supporters after reaching fundraising target

Lifeboats News Release

Port Isaac RNLI has welcomed in the New Year with a big thank you to all those who have supported their fundraising appeal to raise £52,000 to cover the cost of a new D class lifeboat.

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Teenagers in inflatable

In November 2017 Port Isaac RNLI were invited to set up an appeal fund with a target of £52,000 in order to cover the cost of replacing their existing D class lifeboat nearing the end of her operational life. This new state-of-the-art lifeboat and associated equipment is currently under construction at the RNLI`s Inshore Lifeboat Centre in Cowes.

A number of fundraising events were run by the committee and crew and additional funds came from the station’s longstanding twinning arrangement with Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield Branch. There was also a huge response from the local community, businesses including Nathan Outlaw Fish Kitchen, Buttermilk Confections and the St Mabyn Young Farmers Association, and individuals from near and far, including a donation from the USA.

The astounding level of support has enabled the station to reach their target well ahead of its original aim of September 2019. The new lifeboat will be named Pride of Port Isaac (Goeth Port Husek) and will be introduced to the village in a traditional, time honoured naming ceremony at a future date to be announced.

Chairman of Port Isaac RNLI fundraising committee, Bob Bulgin BEM, said: ‘Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who have given their time and support in so many ways, both financially and by dedicated time and effort. Your generosity enables our dedicated volunteer crew to save lives at sea, often in hostile conditions, secure in the knowledge they are provided with the very best of safety and sea-going requirement. We are looking forward to receiving our new lifeboat in September, when she’s due to arrive in the village.’

Any further donations received to this appeal will be restricted to Port Isaac RNLI in support of operational running costs of the new lifeboat and associated equipment and premises.

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For more information contact volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Bob Bulgin on reb37@btinternet.com or on 10208 880765 or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07786 668847 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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