RNLI target is achieved but more funds needed

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 April 2015

Weston RNLI fundraisers and crew pictured at new lifeboat station location, Madeira Cove  Weston.

Weston RNLI fundraisers and crew pictured at new lifeboat station location, Madeira Cove Weston.

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Weston RNLI is celebrating after reaching its £300,000 target towards a new lifeboat station.

The RNLI's appeal has raised £310,000.The RNLI's appeal has raised £310,000.

But it is urging people not to stop donating, as costs for the project have risen, and more money will be needed in order to make the station a reality.

The RNLI announced the start of its fundraising appeal in 2013, when the condition of Birnbeck Pier deteriorated to the point it was becoming too dangerous for the crews to use. It then decided it had to raise £300,000 to go towards a new station.

Earlier this year, it began the process to apply for planning permission for a lifeboat station at Madeira Cove, with a slipway at Anchor Head.

Fundraising has now reached the £310,000 mark, thanks to individual and business donations, pubs holding quizzes and collections, and numerous events over the past few years.

Weston RNLI spokesman Glyn Hayes said: “We want to say thank you to everyone.

“The volunteers who support and work for the RNLI, both the crew and fundraisers, are extremely grateful to the people of Weston and the surrounding area for helping us raise this amount of money.

“Without their help, there would be no station.”

But Mr Hayes urged people to continue to support the RNLI, as more money will be needed in the next few years.

He said: “We now have a clearer idea of where we are going to build the station and that proved we need more funds.

“The plans are being drawn up as we speak and it’s just a question of getting on with that process.

“We now have an idea what we are going to be doing, so we are in a better position to raise some more money.”

It may still be up to three years until the RNLI can move from its temporary home by Marine Lake to the new station.

But the RNLI hopes the planning process will be well under way by September.

The RNLI will be holding all of its usual fundraising events this summer, starting with the lifeboat pull on May 4.

It will get underway from Anchor Head at noon.

* The Mercury is continuing to support the RNLI’s appeal to build a new lifeboat station in Weston.

Donations of £5 can be made by texting RNLI Weston to 70300, or cheques can be sent to: Treasurer, Weston RNLI, 6 Cedern Avenue, Elborough, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 8PA.

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