A further £4,400 has been handed over to Burnham-On-Sea’s hovercraft charity by generous holidaymakers at a Brean holiday park.

Members of Diamond Farm’s Fundraising Committee last month presented over £5,800 to BARB, and a second cheque for £4,400 from the park’s pub fundraising group was handed over on Saturday night (October 10th), making a huge total of £10,206 for the year.

The money was collected from the Beachcomber Inn, Brean Tavern, Sandy Glade and Burnham Holiday Village over the summer months and included proceeds from the raffle of a car.

Roy Newell, one of the Diamond Farm organisers, said: “People have been very generous in giving money to this excellent cause over the summer despite the recession. A big thank you goes to everyone for their support.”

BARB Chairman Mark Newman added: “This is an incredible amount and we are tremendously grateful to Diamond Farm and all those holidaymakers who have dug deep to raise funds for us over ths summer. All the funds will go towards maintaining our equipment and training our volunteer crews.”

BARB, a 17 year-old charity, operates two rescue hovercrafts, an inshore rescue boat and a tractor. It has annual operating costs of £35,000. Its volunteer crews have helped and rescued more than 200 people.