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Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week raises £33,000...and still counting

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew preparing hot dogs.

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Lyme Regis lifeboat crew preparing hot dogs at their barbecue.
Ken Lavery, chairman of the fund-raising group, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, said: "The provisional total is an absolute tribute to our fantastic volunteers who toiled well beyond the call of duty working long hours to achieve a great result.
"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.

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew taking part in the bathtub race during lifeboat week.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew taking part in the bathtub race during lifeboat week.
The Army's Red Devils freefall parachute team thrilled an estimated crowd of 3,000 with their display.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

The Army's Red Devils freefall parachute team thrilled an estimated crowd of 3,000 with their display.

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