New lifeboat bought by fundrais­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

DE­SPITE be­ing land­locked, fundrais­ers are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter buy­ing their fourth lifeboat for the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tute (RNLI).

Over the years the Peter­bor­ough fund-rais­ing branch of the RNLI has man­aged to raise £215,000 to buy the boats. Their lat­est, a “D” Class lifeboat, will be sta­tioned at Skegness.

The news comes in the run-up to two of the branch’s ma­jor, an­nual, money-spin­ning events.

The first is the 13th an­nual 24hour sail­ing race at Ferry Mead­ows on June 19 and 20, which has raised more than £40,000 for the RNLI since 1998.

This will be fol­lowed by col­lec­tions taken at the CAMRA Peter­bor­ough Beer Fes­ti­val, from Au­gust 24 to 28, from which the RNLI has ben­e­fited to the tune of £176,000 in do­na­tions since the fes­ti­val started in 1979.

Branch chair­man Dick Ham­mond said: “The RNLI pro­vides a 24-hour ser­vice at sea and it also has life­guards on many beaches in Bri­tain.

“You never know when you might re­quire the ser­vices of the vol­un­teers and we are pleased that the branch plays its part in fund­ing the vi­tal ser­vice which re­ceives no money from the Govern­ment and is funded en­tirely by do­na­tions.”

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