Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week raises £25,000

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:50 09 August 2016

Competitors set off on the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week fun run.  Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

Competitors set off on the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week fun run. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

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Organisers say it is ‘a great result’ and praise generous supporters

A Merlin helicopter thrills crowds as it hovers above The Cobb Beach during Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week. Photo RICHARD HOROBINA Merlin helicopter thrills crowds as it hovers above The Cobb Beach during Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

At the end of a week of sunshine, and some showers, organisers of Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis announced that they had raised in the region of £25,000 for the RNLI charity.

Irene Roper, chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, whose volunteers organise the week every year, said: “It is a great result and we are so grateful to all those who gave so generously during the week.

“We also owe a great debt of gratitude to those groups who gave their time and their talent to help us stage some superb events, ranging from the Eastern Promise belly dancers to the Weymouth and Portland Model Boat Club and the Three Counties Swing Band to those brave souls who took part in the bathtub race and the swimming challenge.”

The duck race saw 1,140 little plastic competitors cheered on by hundreds watching from the banks of the River Lym and no less than 8,000 tickets were sold at the wine or water lucky dip stall. Dozens of youngsters met members of the lifeboat crew, and their parents took advantage of a photo opportunity aboard the lifeboat.

Mrs Roper added: “We must thank all our sponsors, including local traders who donated so generously to so many of our events.

“And, of course thanks to our volunteer collectors and committee members without whom the week simply could not happen.”


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