Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: October 29, 2008
Yate fundraisers stride out for Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft charity

A group of energetic fundraisers put their best feet forward for charity by walking over 800 miles to raise cash for the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts.

Ten members of Southwold Young People's Hostel Association in Yate, South Gloucestershire, raised £700 by walking 874 miles on step walking machines.

"We walked the equivalent distance from Lands End to John O'Groats and were generously supported by sponsors. Everyone's had a lot of fun whilst raising money for an excellent cause," said organiser Mandy Osborne.

The money was handed over to BARB, the charity that runs the life-saving Spirit Of Lelaina and Light Of Elizabeth hovercrafts, during a special visit by the group to Burnham-On-Sea.

"We all have enjoyed holidays and visits to the Somerset coast over the years and thought it would be good to contribute to beach safety. We were given a very warm welcome by BARB's crewmembers."

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

Pictured are BARB Operations Manager Steve Perks and Deputy Dave Bailey with Southwold Young People's Hostel Association's Beryl Osborne, Gill Philp, Mandy Osborne and Jenny Didcott.


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