Lifeboat Week a 'major push' for RNLI funds

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 August 2014

Younsters trying out the lifeboat at last year's Lifeboat Week.

Younsters trying out the lifeboat at last year's Lifeboat Week.

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LIFE-SAVING charity the RNLI has raised two-thirds of its target to build a new lifeboat station in Weston.

Ali Vowles with crew member Mike Buckland, Stormy Stan and supporters at last year's Lifeboat Week.Ali Vowles with crew member Mike Buckland, Stormy Stan and supporters at last year's Lifeboat Week.

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.

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