Antonio’s awarded plaque for supporting Exmouth RNLI

PUBLISHED: 12:33 19 March 2017

Left to right: Crew volunteer, Chris Sims; Antonio's Caroline Badcott (seated); Fundraising Chair, Don Hodgkinson; Fundraising Secretary, Beryl Cole; Crew volunteer, Roy Stott and Antonio's owner, Tony Badcott.

Left to right: Crew volunteer, Chris Sims; Antonio's Caroline Badcott (seated); Fundraising Chair, Don Hodgkinson; Fundraising Secretary, Beryl Cole; Crew volunteer, Roy Stott and Antonio's owner, Tony Badcott.

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An Exmouth ice cream parlour has been honoured with a plaque for its continued fundraising for the town’s lifeboat volunteers.

To date, Antonio’s, in The Strand, has raised £2,300 for Exmouth RNLI and sponsored a community newsletter to raise awareness.

Restaurant owner Tony Badcott’s parents were life-long supporters of the charity and now a plaque has been put up to mark the family’s support of the charity.

Tony said: “On behalf of my wife, Caroline, and myself, we’re both very honoured and delighted to receive this recognition for supporting Exmouth RNLI.”

Exmouth RNLI fundraising chairman Don Hodgkinson said: ‘We’re very grateful for Antonio’s for their continued support.

“Their regular cheque donations through promotions contribute to our vital crew training and kit costs.

“As a charity, we depend on donations and legacies to fund our volunteers to save lives at sea – we couldn’t do it without help in our community.

“As Tony is always giving us something, we would like to give him something back; a wooden plaque with thanks from the institution to display to his customers.”

At the end of this month, Tony and Caroline will announce the winner of their fourth annual lifesaving ice cream competition.

The winner of this year’s new ice cream flavour will be a pupil from Brixington Primary Academy and will be announced on Friday, March 31, in front of the pupils and parents from the school.

Every ice cream of the new winning flavour sold from Saturday, April 1 until September will include a donation to Exmouth lifeboat station.

The shortlisted flavours are currently displayed in the Antonio’s window.

Tony added: “We’re hoping this year’s promotion will be just as successful and raise even more money to help save lives.”

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