Fundraising coffee morning raises over £600 for Exmouth RNLI
On 30 May, Exmouth RNLI volunteers ran a successful coffee morning at the Public Hall in Budleigh Salterton. £623.44 was raised in two and a half hours with the RNLI merchandise stall taking an extra £140.05.
On the launch day of Respect the Water - the lifesaving charity’s annual safety campaign, the Exmouth RNLI Community Safety team greeted visitors at the entrance. The hall was filled with stalls selling local crafts, plants, books, bric-a-brac, RNLI merchandise and a huge selection of cakes donated by volunteers and their families. Budleigh Lions had invited charities to hold events in the hall, within Budleigh Salterton Gala week.
The Co-operative in Brixington kindly donated tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits for the event. The plant stall raised over £140 in sales of donations from Kings Garden Centre, Greenfingers Garden Centre, St. Bridget Nurseries. Some members of the community raised stock especially for the event.
The raffle, itself raised £161.50 with generous donations from local businesses: Pynes Farm Shop, Georgie Porgie’s Puddings Ltd, Flawless Beauty, Otterton Mill, Stuart Line Cruises, The Proper Fish and Chips Co. and Woodbury Wood Turners.
Joint event organiser, Pat Atkinson praised the volunteers:
‘Everyone worked so hard on the day and many with the organising, weeks before. The number of volunteers who set up the event, helped in the kitchen, sold raffle tickets and helping generally to make the event such a big success, really made a difference. The cakes and drinks raised an amazing £221. A huge thank you to everyone who made cakes - we received so many compliments about how delicious they were and on the choice available, including gluten-free. We did have a few left and they were delivered to the crew and shop volunteers to enjoy later!’
Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)
PR300519-1 Exmouth RNLI Community Safety team greet visitors.
PR300519-2 Raffle prize table with volunteers Fiona and Jackie.
PR300519-3 RNLI merchandise table with volunteers Pat and Jill.
PR300519-4 Budleigh Mayor, Caz Sismore-Hunt buys a plant from Exmouth RNLI Chair, Simon Davidson
PR300519-5 Exmouth RNLI coffee morning in Budleigh Salterton Public Hall
Notes to editors
Exmouth RNLI are currently recruiting a variety of shore-based volunteer roles. Applications need to be made online, following the relevant links, by 1 June:
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The next RNLI lifejacket clinic will take place at NCI Open Day on 8 June.
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