A fundraising race night has raised over £1,800 for Burnham-On-Sea’s rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue.

The charity organised the fun evening at The Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham on Saturday (10th November) when dozens of people attended.

Seven horse races were screened during the evening on a big screen and the audience had a chance to become owners of the runners and have a flutter on the outcome of the races, with funds going towards BARB’s life-saving work.

BARB Search & Rescue has been running for over 25 years, and operates two rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats from Burnham.

It is operated by a dedicated team of volunteers. As an independent charity, it is funded entirely by local donations.

Craig Dunbar, one of the organisers, said: “It was a fantastic evening and we were delighted to raise a huge £1,820.60 on the night.”

“Our thanks go to everyone who came along on the night, and sponsored the evening to make it such a success. A further event is already being planned for next year.”

The sponsors included Avenue Tennis Club, West Country Parks, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Burnham Marine, Cotswold Surfacing, Hair Craft, Bay Tree Upholstery & Beds, and Lowe’s Barber Shop.

BARB’s next fundraising event will be its annual Christmas grotto at Burnham’s seafront hovercraft station on December 15th and 16th.

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