Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week raises £33,000...and still counting
Lifeboat Week returned to Lyme Regis this year and recorded estimated donations to the life-saving charity of more than £33,000, with the results of some events still to come in.
"There was evidence that the public - our visitors and local residents - were delighted to see the return of Lifeboat Week. Many people said they were so pleased to see the event taking place as it signalled a return to some sort of normality.
"We must place on record our sincere thanks to everyone who donated so generously to our charity and they are, quite literally, helping to save lives at sea."
There were many success stories for events during the week, which ended last Saturday. The wine or water stall raised £9,000, and the lifeboat crew sold 600 hot dogs raising £1,715; some £1,021 was collected in the name the welly dog competition and the produce stall raised a record £800.
And 17 year old Josh Denning, who performed the Lifeboat Week opening ceremony, kept up his record as top collector with £1,048 going into his RNLI bucket during the week.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.