Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: December 17, 2006
Hovercraft pull raises funds for Burnham-On-Sea rescue service

A two-mile sponsored pull of Burnham’s rescue hovercraft through the streets of Brean has raised a huge £3,500 for BARB, the charity behind the life-saving service.

Generous members of Chevron Country Music Club held a series of fundraising events during Brean’s recent Country Music Festival, and this week handed over a bumper cheque to delighted crew members at BARB.

During the pull, the Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft and its tow truck were tugged along Coast Road by a hardy group of a dozen country music fans.

Starting at the Beachcomber Inn, the group made their way past Brean Church and finished at Brightholme Holiday Park.

Organiser Barbara Newman said the group’s collection tins had been rattling all along the route.

“We had a great reception from a great many supporters and would like to thank everyone who donated.”

"BARB is an excellent cause and when it is a local charity people often tend to give more. The Westerners have raised many thousands of pounds at Brean over the years and are always very keen to help local organisations."

BARB Chairman Alan Miller thanked the group, saying: "This is the second year the group has supported us - and we are very grateful to Barbara and all the Country and Western fans who helped and contributed to this fundraising. It was great to see so many people having a lot of fun whilst raising much-needed funds for the hovercraft."

All the money raised will go towards the £30,000 annual cost of maintaining BARB’s two rescue hovercraft and training its volunteer crew.


Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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