ORGANISERS of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week are celebrating after smashing last year’s all-time record and raising a total of £36,500 for the RNLI.
Members of the Lyme Regis & Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group were informed of the final total from this summer’s week of fundraising events by treasurer Brian Cursley at their meeting last night (Wednesday).
In his detailed report, Mr Cursley revealed that out of about 72 events, the top earners were the water or wine lucky dip outside the lifeboat station (£6,002), sale of the Lifeboat Week programme (£3,760), and the book stall (£2,556).
The total of £36,500 beats last years record of £34,765, meaning this year’s event was the most successful Lifeboat Week to date.
Since the early 1970s Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week has boosted the life-saving charity’s funds by hundreds of thousands of pounds.
In the last seven years alone, volunteers have raised £250,000, thanks to the generous donations of visitors, residents and traders in the town and surrounding areas.
Chairman of the supporters group, Ken Lavery, said: “This year’s week was just brilliant and a huge tribute to everyone involved. All the new events did well as did the old favourites. We are now planning an even more ambitious week for 2020.’
Next year’s Lifeboat Week will be held from July 25 to 31.