Lyme and Charmouth RNLI team raises £64,000

PUBLISHED: 15:01 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 20 April 2018

Irene Roper receives the RNLI's award for excellence in volunteering from new chairman Ken Lavery. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Irene Roper receives the RNLI's award for excellence in volunteering from new chairman Ken Lavery. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Archant

Lifeboat supporters hit the jackpot for the life-saving charity

Irene Roper poised to sample a celebration cake at the Lyme and Charmouth RNLI Guild meeting. Picture:RICHARD HOROBINIrene Roper poised to sample a celebration cake at the Lyme and Charmouth RNLI Guild meeting. Picture:RICHARD HOROBIN

Volunteers in Lyme Regis and Charmouth raised nearly £64,000 for the RNLI during the past year.

The figure was announced at the annual meeting of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild – the local fundraising branch of the charity – by treasurer Brian Cursley, who said it had been ‘an excellent year.’

Another financial success was the lifeboat shop on the Cobb. Volunteer manager, Krys Lavery said her second year in charge had ended in a turnover of £126,000 and the shop was seventh in the league table of RNLI outlets.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks reported on 22 ‘shouts’ during last year and said the crew had already answered eight calls for help in 2018.

He said a major refurbishment of the boathouse was now almost complete, and the lifeboat has returned to the station after a month in an industrial tent while the work was carried out.

Guest speaker Elliott Herbert, a member of the crew and also Senior Assessor Trainer (lifeboats) England for the RNLI outlined the importance of training for the volunteer crews.

Mr Herbert leads a team of 11 responsible for training at 114 lifeboat stations.

The meeting ended with praise for the outgoing chairman of the guild, Irene Roper, who received the RNLI’s award for excellence in volunteering.

Irene was said to have led the guild in raising some £166,000 during her nine years, five of them as chairman.

New chairman Ken Lavery praised her ‘hard work, commitment and sheer doggedness’ as Irene sliced a celebration ‘thank you’cake.

* The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguard have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Other News Stories

15:01

Tutor Jackie Nicholls shows how to produce a fabulous floral arrangement

Read more

The food villages of Singapore have inspired the new eating place on Exmouth seafront’s Queen’s Drive space.

Read more

Pupils from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School learned about the work of The Donkey Sanctuary and its history when the youngsters visited the charity’s Sidmouth headquarters.

Read more
07:01

School pupils celebrate International Mud Day

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Health and Wellbeing Centre receives funding to help people with limited means

Read more
Yesterday, 07:01

Brian Dale will cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and back to mark his 80th birthday

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pupils from the the Multi Academy Trust enjoy a fun-filled day with the Royal Marines.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Members face up to the challenge of drawing a head

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

And the same day his 17-year-old son also signs up to join

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

Young dancers put on a spectacular playground display

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

East Devon 24 regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications