Burnham-On-Sea’s three marine rescue organisations have been handed with donations this week by Brean Leisure Park to thank them to thank them for attending the recent Somerset Day Fayre.

Representatives from the park and Holiday Resort Unity presented cheques to members of BARB Search and Rescue, Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and Burnham-On-Sea RNLI. As reported here, the fayre was held last month.

The money donated to the RNLI, who showcased their fundraising campervan Oscar Charlie at the event, has been specifically allocated to the Burnham branch.

The presentation comes ahead of Brean Leisure Park’s annual ‘999 Day’, which is to be held on Saturday 7th July in the front car park from 10am to 4pm.

This will be a free-to-enter event, open to everyone, that will celebrate the work of our local emergency services, including the RNLI, BARB Search & Rescue and local Coastguards, plus the Royal Life Saving Society, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Avon Search & Rescue, Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance, St John’s Ambulance and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Subject to availability, it’s also hoped the fire service and Army will attend.

Sarah House, Director, said: “We were very grateful to everyone that came along and supported our Somerset Day event, but particularly to our local emergency service organisations for giving up their time, and providing interactive and fun education around the work they do.”

“Water safety is extremely important, and we like to promote this across the park as much as possible, especially due to the volume of visitors we have that not only use our pools, but the local beaches too. We are very much looking forward to another successful 999 Day.”

Ian Jefferies, Deputy Station Officer for Burnham Coastguards, said: “On behalf of all organisations we would like to thank Brean Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity for their kind donations. I speak for us all when I say not only do we enjoy attending these events, but it is vital opportunity for us to educate people of all ages in a fun environment the dangers the coastline. This is not only with the water and extreme tidal range we have here, but also the dangers the mud and the cliffs, particularly at Brean Down, can present for both people and dogs.”

On the day, visitors can expect to enjoy demonstrations and interactive activities as well as entertainment and attractions which will include a puppet show, hook a duck, total wipeout, inflatables and a selection of stalls. Brean Splash Gym will also be running challenges throughout the day, with a raffle where the winner will pick up free gym membership. Food and drink will be available to buy on the day and all the usual facilities at the Leisure Park, Brean Play and Brean Splash will be open. Please note that normal parking charges will apply.