Lyme lifeboat crew’s SOS to stay afloat

It’s ‘eye eyes down’ Captain as RNLI crew stages bingo night to raise �3,500 for new lifejackets

LIFEBOAT volunteers in Lyme Regis have set a course to raise �3,500 for new safety equipment for the crew.

The RNLI has challenged all 35 stations in the south west to buy the latest lifejackets, costing �350 each.

Events on the charity’s SOS Day – next Friday, January 27 – and on other dates will be raising money towards the goal.

The big attraction at Lyme on Friday is a prize bingo evening starting at 8pm in the Woodmead Halls.

Prizes include vouchers for the Royal Lion and Mariners Hotel, four rounds at Lyme Regis golf course, Sunday roasts at the Cobb Arms, vouchers for the Weymouth Sea Life Centre, ten pasties from Pasty Pesto and tickets for Exeter Chiefs rugby.

Also on Friday, St Michael’s School is supporting SOS Day and two lifeboat crew members will be talking to pupils about their voluntary roles.

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The Lyme Regis branch of the Co-op in Broad Street has named the SOS lifejacket appeal as the store’s charity for the year.

Manager James West said: “The RNLI is close to our hearts in Lyme Regis and we are working on some special events to help the appeal.”

Meanwhile The King’s Arms, in Seaton, is staging a raffle with music by the Porter Boys at 8pm on Saturday, February 18. Prizes include cruises, restaurant vouchers and trips on the Seaton Tramway.