THE efforts of local runners are helping Appledore Lifeboat Station to launch its appeal to finance its recently-announced new Tamar class lifeboat and the training of its crew. Thor Beverely, the 47-year-old manager of North Devon s Youth Offending Tea

THE efforts of local runners are helping Appledore Lifeboat Station to launch its appeal to finance its recently-announced new Tamar class lifeboat and the training of its crew. Thor Beverely, the 47-year-old manager of North Devon's Youth Offending Team has donated £1,000 he raised by running in the London Marathon.Thor is a veteran in marathon running, having now completed 11 such events. He has great respect for the work of the RNLI and its volunteer crews and decided that the Appledore station would become his chosen charity for 2009. Some of the Appledore lifeboat crew and their families also took part in Barnstaple Lions' Three Bridges Fun Run. Keith and Jill Wilson, Richard and Kate Morne, Sam Jenkins and Stuart Moles between them raised more than £300 for the fund.Appledore's RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Wendy Dale said the money would be used to kick-start a marathon fund raising exercise by Appledore RNLI to help contribute to its new state-of-the-art Tamar all weather lifeboat."This new £2.7 million lifeboat represents a huge investment in the lifesaving work of the RNLI in the area," she said. "However, apart from additional fund raising to help with the costs of the new boat, the station will need to undertake much additional training to enable the crew to become proficient with the new lifeboat as quickly as possible.