Exmouth RNLI make money from old rope
Crew volunteers from Exmouth RNLI raised £1,006.88 within three hours at their annual boat and water sport jumble, which took place on the morning of 14 April at the boathouse on Queens Drive.
At the annual fundraising event, the public were invited to pay £10 per space to sell their own equipment. Items were also donated to the volunteers to sell on the RNLI table, which took a total of £695.65. The event was well attended and attracted many passers-by on the drizzly Sunday morning. The barbeque and refreshment stall raised £191.23, run by the wives of the charity’s crew.
Volunteer Sea Safety Officer, Peter Williams ran a free lifejacket clinic and offered free advice throughout the morning. The all-weather lifeboat, Margaret Jean was pushed out towards the slipway to make room for the stalls in the boat hall, for the occasion.
The event was a huge success, taking almost double the amount raised last year. All proceeds will be contributing towards the launch & recovery vehicle appeal for the new Shannon-class lifeboat, due at Exmouth RNLI in 2014. Organiser and crew volunteer, Roger Jackson commented;
‘I’d like to thank everyone who came to support the event: people who set up their own pitches, volunteers who manned the stalls and all the visitors that passed through our doors. But the biggest ‘thank you’ goes to everyone who donated items for the RNLI table, as this is where we made the most money. I’m really grateful to the members of the community who made the effort to contact us for collection as this all helps raise money towards our appeal, to help save lives at sea.’