Lifeboat Week a 'major push' for RNLI funds
PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 August 2014
LIFE-SAVING charity the RNLI has raised two-thirds of its target to build a new lifeboat station in Weston.
The charity launched its £300,000 appeal last June after its facilities on Birnbeck Pier deteriorated.
It has now moved to a temporary station beside Marine Lake while it looks for a second temporary site from which lifeboats can be launched 24 hours a day.
It aimed to reach £200,000 by the end of the summer and is already £1,000 over that target.
This weekend marks the start of Lifeboat Week – one of its major annual fundraising events.
List of Lifeboat Week events
Today (Thurs) and tomorrow: A publicity lifeboat is on display in the Sovereign Shopping Centre.
Saturday: Launch of Lifeboat Week on the Grand Pier at 11am.
Saturday to August 22: Fundraising and activities on the seafront opposite the Winter Gardens and on the Grand Pier.
August 23: A book sale at the Friend’s Meeting House in High Street from 10am-3pm.
Fundraising chairman Peter Elmont said: “This is all part of a major push to reach our target of £300,000, which RNLI headquarters has asked us to raise towards the cost of a new lifeboat station to be built in the town.
“Our volunteer fundraisers give up their time to raise these vital funds to ensure that Weston continues to have a superb volunteer lifesaving service which this town needs and deserves.”
The week of events begins with a launch on the Grand Pier with a folk band, demonstrations and supporters dressed as Star Wars characters.