New equipment for Bideford Bay club after £6,500 grant from People’s Postcode Lottery

BIDEFORD Bay Surf Life Saving Club has received a funding boost from a charity lottery.

The club has been awarded £6,500 by the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The organisation will use the money towards their overarching programme ‘Improving life chances: growing our junior membership’.

Bideford Bay SLSC was founded in 1984 and has around 20 volunteers who give their time freely to work with 120 children in the sport and skill of Surf Life Saving.

Young members are split into ‘nippers’ (8-12 years) and ‘juniors (13-19).

“We are hugely grateful to the players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery,” said Paul Coles, fundraiser for Bideford Bay SLSC. “Their donation has enabled us to buy much needed paddle boards for our youth section so that we can provide much more training time on these craft.

“We are committed to enabling our youth members to give back to the area in which we live. Keeping our beaches safe, by helping people become fully qualified life guards, means we have a very healthy tourism and water sports industry.”

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