RNLI appeal raises £48,000 for new lifeboat
An appeal to buy a new lifeboat for the Burnham-On-Sea area
has raised £48,000 in a year - and the new vessel will go
into service next month.
It means the RNLI will now be able to buy a new D-Class lifeboat
so crews will have the latest equipment to enable them to continue
to save lives.
It is due on station in September and it will be officially named
Burnham Reach in a ceremony next April.
In June last year, the RNLI started an appeal to fund the new D-Class
lifeboat to serve Burnham.
The initial target was to raise £48,000 in 12 months. A great
deal of work went into raising this money and many events were held,
with the fundraising team working closely with the crew.
The new D-Class lifeboat D801 named Burnham Reach is due
on station in September 2016 with the official naming ceremony scheduled
for April 2017.
Ellie Walker, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am humbled and delighted that this magnificent sum has been
reached. It is all due to the efforts of our amazing volunteers
plus the generosity of the people of Burnham and I am very proud
"We have exceeded the cost of providing a new D- Class lifeboat
and with another Atlantic 85 class lifeboat and modifications to
the existing boathouse required in the next year or so we need to
keep working and continue fundraising to ensure Burnham has all
the right facilities to enable them to continue to save lives."
Lifeboat spokesman Mike Lang added: "As an echo from the past,
volunteer fundraisers at the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury RNLI branch
have enthusiastically supported Burnham-On-Sea, having organised
quizes, table top sales and other events for the appeal. The people
of Cheltenham also funded Burnhams first RNLI lifeboat The
Cheltenham, in 1866."
Pictured: Cheltenham fundraiser Paul Wroot and his family presented
a cheque for £1,240.50, representing the contribution from
the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury branch.