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August 13, 2005
Burnham hovercraft scores with Bristol City fundraising tie-up

Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft has scored a winner after being selected to be Bristol City's official charity for the new football season.

Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft on training this weekBosses at Ashton Gate will be hoping to raise as much money as possible during a series of collections at the ground to help fund the craft's vital life-saving work along the Somerset coastline.

The Robins are doing their bit to help contribute towards the hovercraft's annual £20,000 running costs by collecting donations at three home games during the 2005-2006 football season.

Collectors will appear for the first time at the August 27 game against MK Dons, then again at the December 28 match with Rotherham, and their final appearance will be at the April 29 game against local rivals Swindon Town.

Colin Sexstone, Bristol City Chief ExecutiveColin Sexstone, Bristol City's chief executive (pictured), explained why the club is throwing its support behind the hovercraft: "We support local charities and always have a chosen cause each year. This is one we feel is very worthwhile. It is something we can really get behind.

"We are very strong in Somerset and are very pleased to help. It is a very worthy group and we will do all we can to help raise money for it and suspect our fans will, too."

Mark Newman, press officer at BARB, the charity that runs the hovercraft, said: "We are over the moon that Bristol City has come forward and will be raising money for us this season.

"This means a great deal to us. Every penny that goes into the collecting buckets will be used to help save lives along our coastline."


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