Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week hits a £36,000 jackpot for the life-saving charity
Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis this summer raised some £36, 500 for the RNLI charity.
Treasurer Brian Cursley announced the week's financial results at a meeting of the organisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters.
In his detailed report, Mr. Cursley revealed that out of around 72 individual events the top earners were the water or wine lucky dip (£6,002), the glossy programme of the week's attractions (£3,760) and the book stall (£2, 556).
Since the early 1970s Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week has boosted the life-saving charity's funds by hundreds of thousands of pounds.
In the last seven years alone volunteers have raised £250,000, thanks to the generous donations of visitors, residents and traders in the town and surrounding areas.
Chairman of the Lifeboat Supporters Ken Lavery said:' This year's week was just brilliant and a huge tribute to everyone involved. All the new events did well as did the old favourites. We are now planning an even more ambitious week for 2020.'
Next year's Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week is July 25th-31st.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.