Lifeboat Week raises more than £36,000 for RNLI

Lifeboat Week was officially opened in July 2021 by star collector Joshua Denning

LYME Regis Lifeboat Week raised a total of £36,213 for the RNLI. 

The event was considered a great financial success despite the COVID-19 restrictions, which was the key message given to members of the Lyme Regis & Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group at their extraordinary general meeting this week.

The meeting heard from treasurer Brian Cursley that the return of Lifeboat Week in July had been a success and after expenses a total of £36,213 was raised and sent to RNLI headquarters in Poole.

And the manager of the tiny RNLI shop next to the lifeboat station, Krys Lavery, reported that it had recently been the most successful such RNLI outlet in the country.

Volunteer lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks said that, since the last annual meeting of the supporters in 2019, the lifeboat had been launched 93 times, assisting 52 people and saving two lives.

In addition the lifeboat had launched 75 times on training exercises with the crew spending a total of 1,500 hours at sea.

Mr Marks reported that not once had the crew lost the ability to provide a rescue service during the Covid crisis.

Supporters group chairman Ken Lavery, reporting on the success of Lifeboat Week, praised the involvement of all volunteers including the lifeboat crew and the introduction of innovative measures such as a special app and a live streaming of the duck race.

He said that many people had appreciated the fact that a ‘normal’ lifeboat week had been possible.

Guest speaker at the meeting was Jim Thomas, former geography teacher at The Woodroffe School, who served for many years with the lifeboat crew from 1980 and later with local coastguards.

He spoke of many incidents he dealt with and how one, in particular, the deaths of four young canoeists in 1993, had “a real impact” on him.

Mr Thomas said he had now retired after 42 years responding to his pager.

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