Local fundraisers boost RNLI coffers

Gary Davies of Jurassic Footgolf presents his £300 collection to lifeboat crew members John Bird and Nikky Williams

LYME Regis lifeboat crew’s funds have been given a welcome boost thanks to two local fundraisers.

Jurassic Footgolf, which has quickly become a popular family attraction since opening in Lyme Regis last year, raised £300 for the RNLI over the summer by running a hole-in-one challenge.

Owner Gary Davies said: “I set up the hole in one challenge when I became aware that the Lifeboat Week was being cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to offer my support and give thanks to all of the volunteers at the lifeboat station by raising some funds and having some fun at the same time!

“The idea was to put a minimum donation of £1 into the RNLI donation boat and in return you had three attempts to get a hole-in-one on the practice hole, which was located 50m from the tee area.

“If you were successful then you won a Jurassic Footgolf T-shirt. In total we had nine hole in ones with the youngest competitor being 11 years old.”

Gary recently presented the £300 raised to volunteer lifeboat crew members Nikky Williams and John Bird.

Nick Perry and Mark Farrell with lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks and ground crew member John Rickard

The crew also recently received a donation from friends Nick Perry and Mark Farrell, from Yeovil, who walked the Liberty Trail in aid of the RNLI.

Nick has been keen to walk the trail from some time and was finally successful, completing the 28-mile trek from Ham Hill to Lyme Regis.

The Liberty Trail is based on the stories of some of the men who joined the Monmouth Rebellion. In the early summer of 1685, villagers from throughout Somerset and Dorset were making their way to the coast at Lyme to join the Duke of Monmouth.

He was expected to land at Lyme to lead a rebellion against the King with the rallying call of ‘Liberty to the People of God’.

The two men carried nearly £500 in £1 coins to donate to members of Lyme Regis RNLI, which they presented to ground crew member John Rickard and lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks.

The lifeboat crew has been unable to hold many of its usual fundraisers this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with its biggest loss being Lifeboat Week which was cancelled in July.

Former chef and lifeboat volunteer Petrina Muscroft is also unable to hold her annual fish suppers in aid of the RNLI this autumn, but the charity is encouraging supporters to host their own fish suppers at home or virtual dinners. For more information and ideas, visit rnli.org/fish-supper

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