Star Wars characters launch lifeboat fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 August 2014

Lifeboat week launch Grand Pier Weston,

Lifeboat week launch Grand Pier Weston,

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STORMTROOPERS visited a popular tourist spot to help the RNLI launch one of its major fundraisers at the weekend.

Lifeboat week launch Grand Pier Weston, Jaden and Kai with David Ridout.Lifeboat week launch Grand Pier Weston, Jaden and Kai with David Ridout.

Weston’s Grand Pier hosted the opening of Lifeboat Week, with dignitaries and crew members turning up to encourage people to donate.

The life-saving charity is in the process of raising £300,000 to build a new lifeboat station in the town after its facilities on Birnbeck Pier became too dangerous to use.

The RNLI was forced to leave Birnbeck in November last year, although it still houses a lifeboat there in case of emergencies where a life is at risk.

The amount raised has now reached the £200,000 mark, and volunteers have been giving up their time all week to further increase its coffers.

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