Many organisations, clubs, and groups plus individuals are rallying round to help Weston-super-Mare RNLI lifesaving volunteers get their new boathouse and to keep carrying out their rescues.
When there is an Appeal happening it is often forgotten that the local RNLI station needs to keep the life saving service going while they collect enough money for the Appeal. The cost of running Weston-super-Mare RNLI station going is in the region of £100,000 a year. The cost of kitting out just one volunteer lifeboatmen with the personal protection gear he or she needs is £1,290. Each year they have to spend an average of £1,330 on training each crew member. It is the rigorous training they receive which enables them to cope under the sometimes high risk conditions in which they are asked to launch their boats.
Thus the station and its crew are always grateful for the efforts of their local area helping them to raise funds for the Appeal and their running costs.
Panthers, the Beaver Colony from the 1st Milton Scout Group, presented Mrs Charlotte Conroy (The new Lifeboat Operations Manager of Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station) with a cheque for £1,690.27 towards the New Lifeboat Station Appeal. The money was raised by the group touring the Milton and Worle areas with their carol float and a lifeboat collection in High Street at Christmas. The Group would like to thank the people of Weston-super-Mare for their generosity.
Charlie Conroy thanked the Panthers and all at 1st Milton Scouts for their fantastic support of the RNLI in Weston. She said; ‘Over the years this scout group has worked hard every Christmas to raise money for us. The crew are extremely grateful for their efforts which help to keep us going.’
Mrs Hudson, a supporter from Banwell held a Coffee Morning which raised the sum of £261. The Treasurer of the Lifeboat station, Brian Ward, attended to receive the cheque. He said; ‘We are always grateful for individuals who give up their time and resources to help us. We do not get any money from government; it all comes from the public. Every time we launch to save a life it is only because of the marvellous support we get from people like Mrs Hudson.
Weston-super-Mare Round Table, at a dinner hosted by the 41 Club, presented a cheque for £250 to Mr Peter Elmont, chair of the Fundraising Branch and Mrs Charlotte Conroy.
Mr Elmont said;’ The Round table has always been a regular supporter of the RNLI. They know how important it is that a lifesaving service is present in Weston Bay and they know how expensive it is to keep it going.’