ONE of the most popular summer events in Lyme Regis – the RNLI’s Lifeboat Week – is on course to have raised more than £40,000 for the life-saving charity.
As the week came to a close on Saturday, the figure stood at £38,367, but treasurer for the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, Brian Cursley, said he expected a gross figure of about £43,000 when final receipts come in.
The week is organised by the supporters group and members of the lifeboat crew.
Mr Cursley, who is still totting up the figures, said: “Considering the situation in the country at the moment and the stress on peoples’ pockets those who came to lifeboat week have been very generous.
“The total raised for our life-saving charity is a tribute to our visitors and residents.”
Ken Lavery, chairman of the supporters group, added: “I would like to thank everyone who helped to produce another fantastic lifeboat week.
“We had some new events this year and Total Wipeout and Pirates Day were terrific. Everyone seemed to enjoy all of our 42 events and, of course, there was a wonderful display, watched by possibly thousands, by the Army’s Red Devils free fall parachute team.”
Among the many successful events was the daily wine, water or snack tombola outside the lifeboat station, which raised a stunning £6,200, a daily book stall with £3,000, the duck race raised £1,674 and the lifeboat crew barbecue and breakfast baps produced £1,600. The produce stall received record donations of £1,057.
And there was an amazing coincidence at the duck race on the River Lim – named after Irene Roper, a stalwart organiser who sadly died during Lifeboat Week in 2018 – when the duck bought by Ed Roper, her grandson, came in first place!