Lewis’s walk supports coastal rescue services (RNLI and BARB) fund raising

Lifeboats News Release

In the morning, 9th October, several Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat volunteers visited BARB search and rescue, along with their D Class lifeboat ‘Burnham Reach’, where young Lewis Thompson and his family were presenting cheques from his recent fund-raising initiative.

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers, fundraisers and BARB volunteers with Lewis and his family

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers, fundraisers and BARB volunteers with Lewis and his family

Lewis is 10 years old and has always had a keen interest in all that BARB Search and Rescue and the RNLI do. He enjoys learning about their volunteer service and also watching them on training days as well as when on call outs. He had decided to raise money for these two charities by completing an 8 mile walk from Brean Down to Weston-super-mare Pier. He also demonstrates a belief that these charities do great and important work for the community and wants to support them.

Lewis aspires to, one day, becoming a volunteer, to continue supporting them in keeping people safe. He was accompanied on the walk by his grandfather, Jeff Thomas, which took place on Saturday 21st August, and he was hoping to raise a large sum to be split between the charities equally.

Well, his walk was a great success, and his ‘go fund me’ page raised massive £1,000, which was split equally between BARB Search and Rescue and the RNLI. The RNLI money is split between Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-mare RNLI Lifeboat stations, so each station receives £250 each.

For his efforts, Lewis was presented with BARB (BARB operate two hovercraft) and RNLI items, plus a certificate of thanks from Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat station.

Burnham RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies said of Lewis; ‘Lewis has raised a fantastic amount of money for the RNLI. He is a credit to his family, and the local community!’

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Images with this release:

File name: Burnham_RNLI_and_BARB (RNLI/Mike Lang) Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and BARB volunteers/supporters with the specific Burnham-on-Sea cheques

File name: Burnham_RNLI_and_Lewis (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI with Lewis, showing off the Burnham RNLI Cheque

File name: Lewis_and_Alan (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Lewis receives a certificate of thanks from Shore crew volunteer/trainer Alan Higgs

File name: RNLI_and_BARB (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and BARB volunteers/supporters with all three cheques.

RNLI Lifeboats at Burnham-on-Sea

A 8.5m Atlantic 85 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.

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Members of Burnham-on-Sea RNLI with Lewis

RNLI/Mike Lang

Members of Burnham-on-Sea RNLI with Lewis
Lewis receives an RNLI certificate of thanks from Alan Higgs (Shore crew/coordinator

RNLI/Mike Lang

Lewis receives an RNLI certificate of thanks from Alan Higgs (Shore crew/coordinator)
RNLI and BARB volunteers with Lewis's family and three cheques

RNLI/Mike Lang

RNLI and BARB volunteers with Lewis's family and three cheques

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