North Devon Tescos have helped to raise over £12,204 for Appledore and Ilfracomb

Lifeboats News Release

‘Every little helps’ is the strap line for Tesco, and so it could be for the RNLI which is entirely funded by fundraising, donations and legacies. However the dual fundraising between North Devon RNLI Guilds and Tesco has been far more than ‘Every little helps’ as a massive £12,204 has been raised.

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Tesco North Devon and RNLI Guilds collectively raise £12,204 for local Lifeboat Stations
Each summer, since 2016, all the Tescos in Northern Devon, i.e. Ilfracombe, Braunton, Barnstaple Rose Lane, Barnstaple Taw View, Bideford East the Water, and Westward Ho! have worked with Appledore, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe RNLI Fundraising Guilds, to raise money for Appledore and Ilfracombe lifeboat stations. Volunteers from the Guilds organise bucket collection days whilst Tesco’s own staff organise internal fundraising events and draws. This year Tesco’s Extra at Taw View borrowed an RNLI Lifesavers Jet Ski for their foyer during the bucket collection which attracted great interest and a great photo opportunity for parents and children.

To date £12,204.15 has been raised, and this year the amount was £2045, a sterling effort from everyone involved. Apart from fundraising, these collections provide an enormous opportunity to promote the work of the RNLI, to highlight the need to always respect the water, and to pass on safety messages and warnings, particularly to those on holiday, who do not live by the sea and who do not understand the nuances of tides, rip currents, etc.

From Tesco, Paddy Williams, Barnstaple Extra, Giles Redman, Ilfracombe, and Phil Trotman, Bideford East the Water came to Appledore Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 29 October to present the cheque to Appledore’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony Merrill, and the crew. Representing Barnstaple Fundraising Guild at the cheque presentation were David Burgess, Ken Clarke, and Philip Sanders, and representing Appledore Guild were Sandy Peace, John Wilson and Phil and Eve Sargent.

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