Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Exmouth RNLI is celebrating its best ever open day, which raised more than £1,500 for essential equipment.
Exmouth RNLI fundraisers are celebrating their most successful open day ever - raising more than £1,500 towards the launch and recovery vehicle for the new Shannon class lifeboat, which is due to arrive early next year.
Visitors were treated to tours of the all-weather lifeboat, a host of stalls and watched an exercise with the inshore lifeboat crew and RNLI lifeguards.
Don Hodgkinson, chairman of the Exmouth lifeboat fundraising committee, and Exmouth boathouse manager, said: “It was a wonderful day, the sun was shining and there was a constant stream of visitors all day.
“Tours of the Mersey class lifeboat Margaret Jean did not stop from when we opened at 10am until we finished at 4pm.
“It was a great day out for families who love to see what it is the volunteer crew do, and get up close to the lifeboats.
He added: “We were busier than we’ve ever been. All the cakes sold out and we were left with only six jars of jam.
“In total we raised £1566.77, more than previous years. This will go towards funding the new Shannon Class launch and recovery vehicle which is due in early 2014.”
The RNLI said last Sunday’s event, at the Queen’s Drive boat house, was made possible thanks to team of dedicated fundraising volunteers’ who organised a host of activities and stalls to create a fun day out for the whole family.
The volunteer sea safety team also provided free advice and a lifejacket clinic.