Residents and staff at a Burnham-On-Sea care home have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity that runs the town’s two life-saving rescue hovercrafts by holding a fundraising fair.

The Towans in Berrow Road has handed over £205.35 to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat), which operates an inshore rescue boat and two rescue hovercrafts.

Several of the care home’s residents who organised the event especially requested a visit from BARB’s bear mascot, called Benji, at the official presentation.

The charity’s Dave Bailey, Julie Dean and Chairman Mark Newman also attended.

Dawn Berry, Manager of The Towans, said: “We wanted to raise money for a local charity and were delighted to choose BARB which does such a good job along Burnham’s coastline.”

Mark added: “We’re very grateful to the team at the Towans for their generous support. The funds will be put to good use in helping maintain our equipment and train our volunteer crewmembers.”

Pictured: Above, BARB’s Dave Bailey and Benji the BARB bear receive the cheque from the residents and, top, the care home’s Dawn Berry and Sandra Pearson with BARB’s Graham Hallsworth and Dave Bailey

RELATED LINKS:

Official BARB Web site

The Towans Care Home