as £60,000 fundraising campaign hits target
crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft rescue charity BARB
are celebrating this week after completing a major fundraising
campaign to buy a new £60,000 hovercraft.
for the new life-saving craft have poured in since the campaign
was launched last autumn.
the final target has been reached, final preparations are being
made to place an order for the new hovercraft, which is expected
to go on service next year.
have ranged from just a few pennies up to £10,000 from Burnham's
Retreat Holiday Park, over £9,000 from holidaymakers at
Brean's Diamond Farm Holiday Park and £5,000 from Burnham-On-Sea
are absolutely delighted that our target has been reached after
a huge amount of fundraising activities," said BARB Chairman
the midst of a recession, it is no mean feat to raise such a sum
in nine months. It is testament to the generosity of BARB's supporters
and a huge thank you goes to everyone who has supported us."
The new craft will replace Burnham's Light Of Elizabeth (pictured
above rescuing nine people last
month), which is reaching the end of its life after being
heavily used in rescues and in training during recent years.
new Italian-designed hovercraft will be bigger and more versatile
and will be identical to the model used by Gloucestershire Fire
successful fundraising campaign was run in conjunction with the
Western Daily Press newspaper.
has annual running costs of £30,000 and the charity relies
on donations for its ongoing maintenance costs, so its fundraising
activities are ongoing with more events planned over the summer,
including Burnham's annual ESCAPE Day on Sunday August 15th.
independent charity has helped and rescued more than 200 people
during the 19 years it has been running.
Official BARB Hovercraft Web site