Westward Ho! Craft Market Tombola raised £574 for Appledore RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

For three year’s Margaret Smith has been organising a fortnightly craft market throughout the summer at Westward Ho! This always includes a tombola to raise money for Appledore RNLI where all the prizes are kindly donated by the crafters.

RNLI/Niki Tait

Margaret Smith presents a cheque for £574 raised via a tombola at Westward Ho! Craft Market.

On average between eighteen and twenty crafters attend each market which attract around 2-300 visitors at each event. With Chris Noble taking over the Tombola this year and able to concentrate more time to this fundraising, Tombola takings have over doubled from previous years and this year a massive £574 was raised. On Tuesday 12th November, Margaret Smith came to Appledore Lifeboat station to present the cheque in person to the volunteer crew just before they went out on their weekly training exercise.

The RNLI is wholly funded by donations, fundraising and legacies, and Appledore Lifeboat crew are extremely grateful to Margaret, Chris and all the crafters.

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