Taunton race day to raise funds for Minehead RNLI
Runners and riders are being readied for a full race card at Taunton on Monday 20 March with all profits from the event going towards finalising the local appeal for Minehead lifeboat station.
The project is its final fitting-out stage with both lifeboats and their launch vehicles now installed after a year in temporary quarters.
But fundraising is still a few thousand pounds short of the appeal target - a gap the race meeting should help to close.
Minehead RNLI chairman Richard Newton said the race meeting was yet another example of the overwhelming support the project had received.
'I think the fact that the improvements were going to deliver speedier launch times as well as a much-needed improvement in facilities for the crew has really hit the right note with supporters,' he said.
'We are hugely grateful to the Taunton branch for all the efforts they have put in to getting this event up and running.
'The RNLI is always regarded as a coastal organisation but behind the frontline operations is a network of inland fundraising branches such as Taunton’s dedicated to raising the money to keeping our crews trained, our boats maintained and our stations ready 24/7 to launch to save lives at sea.'
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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.
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