Coastwatch volunteers raising funds for improved Lyme Bay look-out

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The current NCI Lyme Bay look-out at Burton Bradstock

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise £6,000 for a new Coastwatch look-out across Lyme Bay.

The team of volunteers at National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Lyme Bay want to upgrade the current look-out at Burton Bradstock to enable them to work more efficiently, train new volunteers and expand its service to the local community.

A spokesman for NCI Lyme Bay said: “Our original look-out was destroyed during the violent storms of February 2014. We were quickly back in action, operating from a more substantial, but still fundamentally, a garden shed.

“We operate in a very exposed location to the extent that he prevailing south-westerly wind, straight off the Atlantic, necessitates the building being strapped down. Our location requires a programme of continual maintenance.

“At Lyme Bay, we normally operate two-person watches whilst also trying to accommodate the needs of trainee watch-keepers in cramped conditions.”

The team has drawn up plans to make the current look-out more robust and provide more working space.

As well as raising funds through easyfundraising, a Just Giving page has also been set up.

The spokesman added: “We urge everyone who values the activities of our watch-keepers to contribute.

“Our target is £6,000. Please help us raise that sum so that we may continue to provide a valuable service. Gift Aid, available to UK taxpayers, will increase the effectiveness of your donation.

“In the ten years of its operation, NCI Lyme Bay has been involved in many incidents that have involved HM Coastguard, the RNLI or other elements of the search and rescue services.

“Additionally, we provide local information to members of the public regarding tide times, footpaths etc, and the nature of potential hazards along what is the dangerous Jurassic coastline.”

NCI Lyme Bay is a volunteer service and the team pay for everything themselves or through donations. To donate to the cause, visit NCI Lyme Bay’s Just Giving page.

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