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Burnham Review RNLI Copy January 2017

Burnham on Crouch RNLI Lifeboat Station is one of 237 around the coast of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In addition to these, RNLI Lifeguards patrol over 220 beaches around our coast each summer. In 2015, this cost £168.1 Million pounds, £51.3 Million of which went into capital projects such as building new lifeboats and the stations to house them.

As you are doubtless aware, the RNLI does not received government money. It is supported entirely by voluntary donations from the public. Some people like to think of there money and efforts being directed toward a specific object or goal, rather than a large organisation. So there are occasions when the Burnham Lifeboat sets about raising funds from its local community just for something it needs. This happened, for example, when the local community got together to fund, design and build the current Lifeboat Station at Burnham yacht harbour. We have also enjoyed magnificent support from a local family whose contributions have funded three D Class inshore lifeboats.

These are amazing efforts, but the day to day running of the station has to rely on many more individual efforts, each of which show a bit of day to day heroism in themselves. One such is the Coast Busters team comprising Steve Harris, Tom Hart, Tom’s wife Louise and Celia Terry, whose husband is a helmsman. Steve, Tom, Celia & Louise will be running in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI. All funds received will be allocated to TEAM COAST BUSTERS RNLI sponsorship.

To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BOC_Coast_Busters or to find out more visit www.facebook.com/RNLICoastBustersBOC

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