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

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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.

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