Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: October 11, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea's MP visits town's hovercraft rescue charity

Burnham-On-Sea's MP visited BARB, the charity behind the town's life-saving rescue hovercrafts, on Saturday (October 11th) where he heard about a busy year for the organisation.

David Heathcoat-Amory met crewmembers and was given a tour of BARB's seafront HQ, which is home to The Spirit of Lelaina and Light Of Elizabeth hovercrafts.

He was also given an overview of the fourteen incidents that BARB's hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat have attended so far this year.

The MP said: "I continue to be impressed by the work that BARB does and, clearly, in a recession it is important that people should not stop giving contributions to charities like this. In fact, it is even more necessary given the increasing running costs."

BARB - the Burnham Area Rescue Boat - is a 16-year-old charity run entirely by volunteers that is funded by donations from the public.

MP David Heathcoat-Amory during Saturday's visit to BARB

Burnham-On-Sea's MP with BARB President Neville Jones, BARB Operations Manager Steve Perks and Burnham councillor Cllr Arthur Thorogood


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