Lifeboat given £7k

PUBLISHED: 10:34 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:34 02 January 2014

Sidmouth lifeboat cycle ride. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 9769-51-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth lifeboat cycle ride. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 9769-51-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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SIDMOUTH Lifeboat’s bid for a new back-up vessel has been handed a huge £7,100 boost from the Keith Owen Fund.

The generous donation is half the cost of the vital piece of equipment and crew members must now raise the balance.

They will take on a sponsored 2,500-mile cycle ride around the UK during Easter next year – visiting all of the other independent lifeboat stations in the country as they go.

The team has already raised more than £3,000 by working with the Sid Valley Rotary Club through its annual grand draw.

“The lifeboat crew are very grateful for the support given,” said member Theo Burgess.

The matched-funding from the Keith Owen Fund, administered by the Sid Vale Association, will be recognised with a plaque to be placed in the lifeboat house.

The service needs a back-up boat to replace an existing vessel that is unfit for purpose.

A collection will be made on behalf of the lifeboat crew’s project near the Co-operative supermarket in High Street tomorrow (Saturday, December 21).


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