photos: Burnham hovercraft appeal receives £15,000 boost
The fundraising appeal to buy Burnham's new rescue hovercraft
has received a major boost this week.
black tie ball held to money towards the cost of buying the craft
for BARB raised a huge £15,000.
Over 140 people supported the event, held at the Batch Country
Hotel in Lympsham, which was jointly organised by Burnham Rotary
Club and BARB.
was raised from the sale of tickets and an auction and
a huge £10,000 was donated on the night by Retreat Holiday
Park in Burnham-On-Sea.
Newman, BARB Chairman, said: "This event has delivered a
massive boost to our fundraising campaign and we are incredibly
grateful to Burnham Rotary Club and Retreat Holiday Park for all
huge £50,000 has now been raised in total, so our end goal
of £60,000 is now very much in sight. One final push will
get us our new hovercraft."
thanks go to the ball's organisers Jim Tancock, the President
of Burnham Rotary Club, and BARBs Michael Lowe and Angela
Fey for all their work."
Holiday Park's Roger Jackson said: "BARB provides a wonderful
service that keeps local people and holidaymakers safe."
previously supported BARB with a donation in 2003 when the Spirit
Of Lelaina fundraising campaign was underway and are very happy
to help again with a £10,000 donation."
Rotary Club's President Jim Tancock added: "We are absolutely
delighted that such a big sum has been raised for such a worthwhile
cause. The event went very well and we had strong support from
of Burnham Rotary Club and bosses from Retreat Holiday Park handed
over the money to BARB at the Battleborough Grange Hotel on Thursday
evening (April 15th).
an 18-year-old charity, operates two rescue hovercrafts and an
inshore rescue boat. More details about to help BARB and get involved
with fundraising are available at Burnham-on-sea.com/barb.
fundraising campaign is being run in conjunction with the Western
Daily Press newspaper.
(top) is the cheque presentation with Burnham Rotary Club members
and Burnham's Retreat Holiday Park on Thursday evening and some
of those present at the fundraising ball