Lifeboat guild raises almost £64,000 for RNLI

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Retiring lifeboat guild chairman Irene receives the RNLI excellence in volunteering award from new chairman Ken Lavery

VOLUNTEERS in Lyme Regis and Charmouth raised nearly £64,000 for the RNLI during the past year.

The figure was announced this week at the annual meeting of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild – the local fund raising branch of the charity – by treasurer Brian Cursley, who said it had been “an excellent year”.

Another financial success was the lifeboat shop on the Cobb. Volunteer manager, Krys Lavery said her second year in charge had ended in a turnover of £126,000 and the shop was seventh in the league table of RNLI outlets, despite being one of the smallest.

Lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks reported on 22 emergency shouts during last year and said the crew had already answered eight calls for help in 2018.

He said a major refurbishment of the boathouse was now almost complete, and the lifeboat had returned to the station after a month in an industrial tent in Monmouth Beach car park while the work was carried out.

Guest speaker Elliott Herbert, a member of the crew and also senior assessor trainer (lifeboats) England for the RNLI, outlined the importance of training for the volunteer crews.

Mr Herbert leads a team of 11 responsible for training at 114 lifeboat stations.

The meeting ended with praise for the outgoing chairman of the guild, Irene Roper, who received the RNLI’s award for excellence in volunteering.

Irene was said to have led the guild in raising some £166,000 during her nine years, five of them as chairman.

New chairman Ken Lavery praised her “hard work, commitment and sheer doggedness” as Irene sliced a celebration ‘thank you’ cake.

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