Lyme Lifeboat Week on course to raise £20,000

PUBLISHED: 12:23 31 July 2017

The lifeboat week bathtub race winners.

The lifeboat week bathtub race winners.

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Organisers delighted with the support for this year's event despite a soggy start and end

Lifeboat week swimming race winners pictured with RNLI guild chairman Irene Roper (centre) are  (l to r)t adult female, Samantha Rose;  junior female, Millie Downes,13, , junior boy  Jimmy Brett, 13, adult male Malcolm Greenslade. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINLifeboat week swimming race winners pictured with RNLI guild chairman Irene Roper (centre) are (l to r)t adult female, Samantha Rose; junior female, Millie Downes,13, , junior boy Jimmy Brett, 13, adult male Malcolm Greenslade. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis came to a soggy end in heavy showers on Saturday - but organisers are confident of a significant boost for RNLI funds.

The Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, whose members plan the week, believe donations to the life-saving charity will be in the region of £20,000.

Only two events – the Friday night fireworks display and the cricket match – had to be called off because of the weather.

Irene Roper, who is retiring as chairman of the guild after five years, said: “Visitors, residents and traders have been very generous as usual. It has been a great team effort. But there have also been some superb individual achievements.

Irene Roper, retiring chairman of the RNLI Guild with lifeboat station boss Nick Marks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINIrene Roper, retiring chairman of the RNLI Guild with lifeboat station boss Nick Marks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

“One classic example is 13-year-old Josh Denning, who raised £473 with his collection bucket and help from his family.”

There were two surprises as the week officially concluded.

Irene Roper was treated to a celebration get-together to mark her retirement.

And Emma Hughes, from Whitchurch Canonicorum, handed over a cheque for £420 raised at her recent 40th birthday party.

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