Amazing success for Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Ball

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers held their annual lifeboat ball on Saturday 18 October. Net result: over £5,000 raised for RNLI funds.

Helmsmen Nick and Marc greeting the balls guests at the door

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Helmsmen Nick and Marc greeting the balls guests at the door

At the Batch Country Hotel venue, in Lympsham, ticket holders were met on arrival at the door by meeting and greeting Helms Nick Edrish and Marc Smith.

Once the two hundred and twenty four guests were seated at tables, Burnham RNLI Chair Ashley Edwards welcomed everybody, and introduced a massive game of heads or tails, after which the dinner was served by the hotel catering staff.

Following on from the meal, a video presentation was delivered about the RNLI key values, including a videotaped delivery from Co-organisers Tim Walters and Marc Smith, thanking Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies for his devotion and management qualities, during the last twelve months. This concluded with a bouquet presented to Matt’s wife Emma for her long suffering support

A short reply from Matt, during which he described the various RNLI roles at Burnham-on-Sea and the necessary support from partners, preceded the musical entertainment from popular local party band Six Machine, which kept the dance floor occupied to overflowing for the rest of the evening. . Of course, in parallel with these activities there was also the usual obligatory raffle and silent auction to help boost funds.

During a short comfort break for the band, Matt took the mic again, pointing out that there were two teams of designated RNLI boat and shore crew volunteers ready to launch both lifeboats, should a boat have been required during that particular evening. Also during the interval, Matt presented Lead organiser Tim Walters with a thankyou gift.

Matt Davies said of the evening; ‘This is an amazing result for our lifeboat station. Grateful thanks go to all our sponsors, volunteer crew and crews’ families, plus others too numerous to mention!’

Launch Authority Phill Counsell added; ‘We were looked after really well by the Batch

hotel staff, and the venue was ideal for our needs.’


Notes for Editors

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Nick and Marc greeting the balls guests at the door

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The Batch selfi-booth was in great demand

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Popular party band Six Machine on stage

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Tim receives a thankyou gift from Operations Manager Matt Davies

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Users of the selfie booth

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The Selfie booth was popular
Party band Six machine on stage

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Party band Six machine on stage
Lead organiser Tim Walters accepts a gift from Operations Manager Matt Davies

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Lead organiser Tim Walters accepts a gift from Operations Manager Matt Davies

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