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Appledore RNLI Fundraising Christmas Raffle raises over £3000

Lifeboats News Release

Appledore RNLI Guild Committee member Sarah-Louise Johnson recently organized and run a Mega Christmas raffle to raise money for Appledore RNLI.

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Photo: Guild Members Sarah-Louise Johnson and John Wilson pull the winning Raffle tickets for the Appledore RNLI Fundraising Christmas raffle
Tickets went on sale in October, only to be hit by the second national lockdown throughout November. During a time when many businesses where hit hard financially from the pandemic Sarah still managed to persude many businesses to donate exteremly generous raffle prizes. These included an overnight stay at the Red Lion in Clovelly with dinner during the Lobster and Crab Festival 2021, golf for four at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, meals at the Pier House in Westward Ho!, and The Beaver Appledore, cream tea at the Commodore Instow and a Morrisons’ Christmas hamper.

Pat Hughes, Chairman of the Appledore RNLI fundraising guild says: ‘I would like to thank Sarah for all her hard work and thank you to all the businesses who donated such generous prizes. We also thank all the guild members who helped in any way as well as Appledore Quay Gift Shop and Johns Supermarkets in both Instow and Appledore for selling tickets. Over £3000 was raised, mainly through the second lockdown, an amazing amount for Appledore RNLI, so well done everyone and we are grateful to all those who managed to buy tickets’.

The Winners of the Raffle:

1st Prize An overnight stay at the Red Lion in Clovelly with Dinner for the Lobster & Crab Festival 2021, donated by John Rous of the Clovelly Estates - Mr & Mrs Withey, Goodleigh who are parents of one of Appledore RNLI crew members.

2nd Prize Golf for 4 People at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, donated by the RND -George Escott, Bracknell

3rd Prize Meal at the Pier House, donated by Rob Braddick – Erica Needs, Appledore

4th Prize Sunday Lunch for 2 with Wine at The Beaver, donated by Ali & Graham Stone - Mike Ness, Appledore

5th Prize Cream Tea at the Commodore, donated by Gary Woolaway - Chris Nurse, Appledore

6th Prize Christmas Hamper, donated by Morrisons, Bideford - Carol Hayes, Bideford

7th Prize Leather Belt from Hip & Waisted - Simon Bishop, Torrington

8th Prize 2 RNLI Baseball Caps - C Churchill, Appledore

9th Prize 2 RNLI Mugs - Issac Cheeseman, Westleigh

10th Prize 2 Boxes of RNLI Fudge - Liza, Reading

A further £50 was donated by Graham Beer for a framed drawing of Appledore that had been hand coloured by Barrie Paine in 1982, donated to the Appledore RNLI to raise funds by Gill Fletcher of Warwick.

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