Weston RNLI lifeboat pull raises money for new station - in pictures
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 May 2018
Nearly £1,000 was collected for Weston-super-Mare's new RNLI station during a lifeboat pull.
More than 40 crew members and fundraisers walked along the seafront from the lifeboat station, by Marine Lake, to the Tropicana on Monday to raise money.
They received £947 in donations, which is ringfenced for the charity’s efforts to build a new station in Weston.
Although contracts still need to be signed, the RNLI hopes it will build the new station by Marine Lake, replacing The Cove restaurant.
It still needs to complete the legal process and carry out surveys on the land, but fundraising efforts are likely to begin in earnest once the location is confirmed.
Lifeboat operations manager Mike Buckland said: “We are a charity which receives no money from the Government.
“We are entirely dependent on the generosity of the general public. Once again they showed they do wish us well as they give us the money we need for our work of saving lives at sea.”
The lifeboat pull is inspired by a rescue in 1899, where volunteers pulled a heavy wooden lifeboat over Porlock Hill to save casualties caught in a severe storm.