One of the most popular summer events in Lyme Regis – the RNLI’s Lifeboat Week – is on course to have raised more than £40,000.
As the week came to a close yesterday (Sat) the figure stood at £38,367. But treasurer for the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, Brian Cursley, said he expected a gross figure of about £43,000 when final receipts come in.
The week is organised by the supporters group and members of the lifeboat crew.
Treasurer Brian Cursley, who is still totting up the figures, said: “Considering the situation in the country at the moment and the stress on peoples’ pockets those who came to lifeboat week have been very generous. The total raised for our life-saving charity is a tribute to our visitors and residents.”
And Ken Lavery, chairman of the supporters group, said: “I would like to thank everyone who helped to produce another fantastic lifeboat week. We had some new events this year and Total Wipeout and Pirates Day were terrific. Everyone seemed to enjoy all of our 42 events and, of course, there was a wonderful display, watched by possibly thousands, by the army’s Red Devils free fall parachute team.”
Among the many successful events was the wine, water or snack tombola which raised a stunning £6,200, the book stall with £3,000, the duck race raised £1,674 and the lifeboat crew barbecue and breakfast baps produced £1,600. The produce stall received record donations of £1,057.
A quite amazing coincidence in the duck race on the River Lym...the race is named after Irene Roper, a stalwart organiser of lifeboat week who sadly died during lifeboat week in 2018. The duck bought by Ed Roper, her grandson, won the race and Ben Roper, a younger grandson, won the prize for the duck coming last.
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