Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue has been given a £2,500 boost by members of a local motorcycle group.

The Bridgwater chapter of the HOG (Harley Owners Group) made the Burnham group their charity of the year.

A series of fundraising activities was held throughout the year to raise funds for BARB towards its costs of running two life-saving hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat.

The group’s Patsy and Martin Coles have this month presented the bumper £2,500 donation to BARB’s volunteers during a visit to their seafront hovercraft station in Burnham.

“We are delighted to have raised such a great sum for BARB which is such a great local charity,” said Martin.

“The volunteers at BARB do a wonderful job all year round and we are so pleased to be supporting them, keeping Somerset’s coastline safe.”

BARB Chairman Mark Newman thanked the group, adding: “We are hugely grateful to everyone at the Bridgwater Harley Owners Group for their support of BARB.”

“They have been fundraising for us for several years and we really appreciate their support.”

“BARB is a small local charity that relies on donations like this to keep running, so having the support of Bridgwater HOG really makes a difference.”

BARB Search & Rescue has been running for 25 years in Burnham-On-Sea. Its team of volunteers is on-call 24 hours a day to assist with incidents.

During 2017, the charity has been called out 42 times to incidents ranging from missing people searches to rescues of people stuck in mud.

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