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Weston-super-Mare man raises £5,200 for RNLI

PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 December 2017

John Boyne with RNLI fundraising chairman Peter Elmont and Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael. Picture: Glyn Hayes

John Boyne with RNLI fundraising chairman Peter Elmont and Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael. Picture: Glyn Hayes

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A Weston-super-Mare man has raised more than £5,200 for the RNLI by selling stickers at the end of the town’s Grand Pier.

John Boyne has been a long-term supporter of the life saving charity since moving to the area and working on the pier as a security guard.

After retiring John worked with the RNLI and pier owner Michelle Michael to make stickers to hand out.

John began collecting in April and could be spotted at the entrance to the pier every weekend. He has now raised a ‘brilliant’ £5,246.

The charity, which gives emergency aid to people out at sea, has been fundraising for a new base, after the one on Birnbeck Pier was closed.

RNLI fundraising chairman Peter Elmont said: “John is a really lovely chap who has raised a brilliant amount of money for us.

“He always said he wanted to help us whenever we collected on the pier and he has done a fantastic job.”

More than £635,000 has now been raised for the new base.

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