January 13, 2005
Hovercraft group’s call for new volunteers is a success

A brave new band of volunteers has joined Burnham-On-Sea’s hovercraft group following a successful appeal for help.

More than a dozen people have responded to an appeal in local newspapers and on radio, TV and the Internet to come forward.

Many came along to Burnham’s hovercraft station on Wednesday evening, January 12, to hear how they can play an important part in the life-saving rescue service as crew members, shore helpers and fundraisers.

“It’s been a great response,” said hovercraft press officer Mark Newman. “We’re delighted that such a crowd of local people has come forward to offer us help. They’ll be receiving more information and training in the weeks to come.”

He added: “We’d emphasise that there are plenty more opportunities for further people to get involved. We’re a very busy, active station and need as many volunteers as possible to assist with every aspect of the service – from maintenance of the craft to raising funds.”

BARB – the group that runs Burnham’s hovercraft – holds weekly training sessions every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9pm when newcomers are welcome to come along to the hovercraft station next to the tourist information centre on Burnham seafront.

Our photograph shows hovercraft crew member Pete Emery giving several of the new volunteers a tour of the station.

RELATED LINKS:

Burnham Hovercraft Web site home page

 
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