New lifeboat bought by fundraisers
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.”