Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station ball raises almost £6,000
ball held in aid of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI station's new lifeboat
appeal has raised almost £6,000.
Burnham-On-Sea station, based in Pier Street, is well on course
to raising a total of £41,000 to fund the replacement of
its D-class lifeboat Puffin by next Spring.
latest initiative was last Saturdays grand ball, held at
the Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham which was attended by 310
were entertained by a short video presentation about the Burnham
lifeboat, followed by a short talk about the fundraising project.
local businesses, families and friends had bought whole tables
for the night, and the atmosphere at the black tie event was light-hearted
enjoyed a three-course meal with the background of music from
the ball disco.
the meal, entertainment by The Singing Waiters warmed up the audience
before a musical set from well-known local band Riverbrew.
a break between sets, Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies
talked about the success of the evening, and gave further information
about the station and talked about the selfless dedication of
the station's volunteers.
Presentations were made to the ball's two main organisers, probationary
boat crew member Lesley-Ruth Hart and shore crew/tractor driver
Dan Fear. Funds were boosted by a raffle of donated prizes, plus
an extensive silent auction of donated items.
lucky ticket winner donated his prize - two nights at the recently-upgraded
lifeboat college - to the auction, raising even more funds.
Lesley-Ruth Hart said: "I am still sat in awe of the immense
support we had - a truly overwhelming experience."
everyone who supported us - without you, we wouldn't be a lifeboat
station so the biggest thank you goes to all of you. See you next
Fear added: "I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone
who came along and made the 2015 Ball a great success."
raise £6,000 was truly unexpected and I am humbled by your
generosity. To see 310 people in a room enjoying themselves was