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Ilfracombe RNLI appeal hits a big milestone

10:28 22 April 2014

Ilfracombe RNLI volunteers celebrate reaching the £100,000 milestone in the launch and recovery vehicle appeal. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe.

Ilfracombe RNLI volunteers celebrate reaching the £100,000 milestone in the launch and recovery vehicle appeal. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe.

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Launch and recovery vehicle appeal makes it into five figures than to successful Easter fun day.

There was plenty going on at the Ilfracombe RNLI Easter Egg-vent fundraiser on Saturday. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe.There was plenty going on at the Ilfracombe RNLI Easter Egg-vent fundraiser on Saturday. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe.

ILFRACOMBE RNLI volunteers are celebrating an excellent Easter fundraiser that saw them crack the £100,000 barrier for the town’s launch and recovery vehicle appeal.

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Easter Egg-vent the volunteer crew and fundraisers were walking on eggshells when they realised the accounts showed a successful day would push the total over the five figure mark.

The fun day with its stalls plus special guests Stormy Stan and the Easter Bunny, did not disappoint, bringing the appeal two thirds of the way towards the £150,000 it is hoped to raise locally for the appeal.

The launch and recovery vehicle will cost £1million and will be needed when the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat arrives at Ilfracombe next year.

“In the 18 months since we started our launch and recovery vehicle appeal, we have been astounded and overwhelmed by the level of support and generosity shown to Ilfracombe RNLI by the local community, friends from further afield and visitors to the town,” said Tony Gillam, fundraising branch chairman.

Coxswain Andrew Bengey added: “Raising more than £100,000 in such a short amount of time is incredible.

“All credit has to go to our amazing volunteers, the fundraising team and everyone who helps out with events, collections and everything else that raises money for our charity. And the deepest thanks of everyone at Ilfracombe RNLI go to all of those people who have supported us and given so generously to the appeal funds.”

The appeal has recently received £5,000 from Perrigo UK and this morning (Tuesday) is to be presented with £1,000 by John Fowler’s Project Ilfracombe.

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