Fundraising coffee morning raises over £600 for Exmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Left to right: Exmouth RNLI Tour Guide, Ken Clayton; Budleigh Salterton Mayor, Caz Sismore-Hunt; Community Safety Officer, Dave Littlefield and Community Safety Adviser, Hugh de Souza.

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Exmouth RNLI Community Safety team greeted visitors

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:

Lifeboat Administrative Officer (LAO):

(for enquiries, please email

Community Safety Advisers (CSA):

(for enquiries, please email

Fundraising Box Secretary:

(for enquiries, please email


The next RNLI lifejacket clinic will take place at NCI Open Day on 8 June.

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Shop volunteers Fiona Cotter and Jackie Harrison-Lawrence

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Coffee Morning raffle table volunteers, Fiona and Jackie were busy
Shop volunteers, Pat and Jill on the RNLI stall

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The shop volunteers on the RNLI merchandise table took £140
Mayor of Budleigh Salterton, Caz Sismore-Hunt buys a plant from Exmouth Lifeboat Management Group Chair, Simon Davidson.

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The plant stall raised £140 from donations from the community

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