RNLI station fundraising reaches £400k

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:26 08 October 2015

Crew members Dave Ridout, Dan Hawkins, Andy Stone and Liam McDermott.

Crew members Dave Ridout, Dan Hawkins, Andy Stone and Liam McDermott.

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FUNDRAISING for Weston RNLI has hit the £400,000 mark to help build a new lifeboat station in the town.

The RNLI's lifeboat station appeal is being supported by the Mercury.The RNLI's lifeboat station appeal is being supported by the Mercury.

The life-saving charity’s appeal launched in June 2013, originally with a £300,000 target.

It announced it had raised £310,000 in April – meaning a further £90,000 has been collected in just five months.

The past two years has been a period of upheaval for Weston RNLI, which announced it needed to build a new lifeboat station due to the dangerous conditions on Birnbeck Pier in 2013.

It left the station in November 2013, after 131 years of being based there.

The RNLI is now housed in a temporary lifeboat station by Marine Lake, but aims to build a new permanent base on Madeira Cove, with a slipway at Anchor Head.

In just three weeks this summer, the charity collected £7,000 by visiting the Weston Dairy Festival and holding collections in the Sovereign Shopping Centre.

Yatton Freemasons donated £2,605 and Hewish and Puxton Harvest Home raised £2,500. A £950 donation from the Boro Sports Club helped the total click over the £400,000 mark.

Weston RNLI fundraising chairman Peter Elmont said: “All in all, together with numerous smaller donations, we have clicked over the £400,000 mark.

“This shows how much the people of Weston and their visitors value our local lifeboat service, which is totally run by volunteers.”

Although the RNLI has raised £400,000, it needs to continue fundraising due to the rising costs of the station project.

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