Fund-raiser retires after 11 years

PUBLISHED: 20:00 05 December 2010

Don Sutherland presents a gift to Andy Clapp

Don Sutherland presents a gift to Andy Clapp

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WESTON RNLI fund-raising members bade a fond farewell to their retiring chairman.

More than 60 fund-raisers, friends and lifeboat crew attended a surprise presentation last week to say goodbye to Andy Clapp.

He was presented with commemorative gifts and accepted a cheque worth £1,500 on behalf of the RNLI.

The cash had been raised by John and Elaine Flanagan, of Claremont Vaults, who held a free performance by the Songs from the Shows troupe for the RNLI.

Andy has been on the fund-raising committee for 11 years and has been its chairman for the past nine.

Don Sutherland, chairman of the RNLI Coordinating Committee, gave Andy £200 worth of vouchers, which were donated by members of the Weston branch.

He was also presented with a framed picture by Pete Holder, operations manager at the lifeboat station, and town mayor Councillor Phil Judd handed over a commemorative plate from Weston Town Council.

Pete said: “We on the crew are well aware that we could not have the equipment and training we need to save lives at sea if it was not for the work of the fund-raisers.”

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