Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

December 18, 2005
Western Daily Press hands cash gift to Burnham hovercraft group

The Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft

Life-saving hovercraft volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea have been given some Christmas cheer, courtesy of the Western Daily Press.

Instead of sending out costly greetings cards this season, the paper's management team decided to save the money and give it to a worthy cause.

It meant that £1,500 could go to the selfless team who run the Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft in Burnham.

The craft was bought with donations from Press readers after the death of little Lelaina Hall, who drowned at Berrow in 2002.

Launched last year, the Spirit of Lelaina has helped or rescued some 80 people.

It costs around £20,000 to run the hovercraft. Including the Christmas cheque, the Press has raised £9,380 towards that this year.

To help the Spirit of Lelaina, send a cheque to Wendy Best, Special Projects Editor, Western Daily Press, Bristol, Temple Way, Bristol BS99 7HD.


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