Burnham-on-Sea RNLI ball postponed by Covid 19 safety regulations

Lifeboats News Release

This coming Saturday would have seen the regular Burnham RNLI lifeboat ball, held at the Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham

Unfortunately, Covid 19 safe distancing and the other safety measures made running the ball this year Impossible. As well as being a prestigious event in the local calendar, the ball had also become a major local fundraiser for Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station volunteers, with last year’s ball raising over £5,000

Ball lead organiser RNLI Helmsman Tim Walters says ‘Yes all postponed with Batch, we were initially looking at a year off next year and then a build up to our 20th anniversary a year or two after that. However we will now look to hold one next year with a date and details to be announced.’

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

Image with this release:

File Name: Doris1 (RNLI/Mike Lang) Shows a library photo of Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 85 Doris Day and Brian heading out to sea during last Sunday’s regular training session.

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 75 named Doris Day and Brian plus a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.

Note: Last year the RNLI was facing a ‘perfect storm’, with a reduced income and an increase in demand for it’s services. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, fundraising has been severely reduced by a national lockdown, yet the lifeboats have still been launched 24/7 in their strategy to save lives at sea.

Click this link to donate; https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/give-to-a-special-appeal/summer-appeal

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For more information about this release please telephone Mike Lang, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07889 815860 or email mike.lang@btinternet.com,

In the absence of the above, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Alternatively, telephone Amy Caldwell RNLI Public Relations Manager (South) Tel: 07920 818 807, Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk. or Marianne Quinn Regional Media Officer (South West) Marianne_Quinn@rnli.org.uk Mobile: 07786 668847


RNLI/Mike Lang

: Doris1 (RNLI/Mike Lang) Shows a library photo of Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 85 Doris Day and Brian heading out to sea during last Sunday’s regular training session.

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