Seaside poems for RNLI appeal cash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 September 2013

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WESTON'S lifesaving charity the RNLI has raised more than £60,000 so far this year, but still needs more money to reach its target of £300,000 in two years.

The RNLI has launched a fundraising appeal to build a new lifeboat station in the town due to the deteriorating facilities on Birnbeck Pier where it is currently based. Nearly half of the £64,259 raised up until the end of August has come from personal donations and from organisations such as the Scouts.

And RNLI’s fundraisers, not including Lifeboat Week, have raised nearly £17,000 in total, while contribution boxes have raised £6,800.

This week, a new poetry collection inspired by the North Somerset coastline has been donated to Weston RNLI.

Emma van Woerkom, who lives in Locking Road, produced 100 copies of Beside The Seaside, which includes a poem about Birnbeck Pier.

She originally wrote the poems as part of the Beside The Seaside Project, organised by North Somerset Council, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Emma said: “Afterwards I had 15 copies left and thought it would be a nice way to give something back.

“It was very apt to give it to the RNLI as they are based on Birnbeck.”

Signed copies of the booklet are on sale in the RNLI shop based on Anchor Head.

The Mercury is supporting the RNLI’s £300,000 appeal to build a new lifeboat station.

To set up a collection or contribute in other ways to the appeal, call 0845 1226999.

Alternatively you can send donations care of the Mercury to 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW and send your fundraising stories and pictures to

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