RNLI launch and recovery cash success

15:31 02 May 2014

Exmouth's new Shannon class lifeboat the R and J Welburn

Exmouth's new Shannon class lifeboat the R and J Welburn

ANDREW.H.EELES@GMAIL.COM

Exmouth RNLI volunteers announce fundraising appeal success

Volunteers at Exmouth RNLI are ‘overjoyed’ at reaching their fundraising target of £150,000 towards the new Shannon launch and recovery system - just in time for the arrival of their new Shannon class lifeboat next week (Friday May 9).

The appeal was launched towards the end of 2012 and is contributing towards the total cost of the station’s new vehicle, designed in conjunction with local Devon company, Supacat.

The state-of-the-art tractor and carriage system arrived at Exmouth lifeboat station at the end of March and shore crew volunteers have been familiarising themselves with the new features.

Over the 18-month appeal, funds have consisted of donations, sponsorships by individual fundraising efforts and events run by the Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Team.

The RNLI said the appeal has been ‘strongly supported’ by the community, visitors, other branches, businesses, schools and the local media.

The fundraising team continue to raise money to cover running costs at the lifeboat station and are already planning events for the remainder of the year.

Don Hodgkinson, chair of the Exmouth lifeboat fundraising team, said: “We’d like to thank all our loyal supporters and local branches for helping us reach our target. “We’re especially pleased to share our good news with everyone, as our new lifeboat arrives on 9 May.”

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