Thousands raised to help save lives at sea

Lifeboat Coxswain John Irving with Lifeboat Ball guests Laura Ward and Amy St Quinton
Lifeboat Coxswain John Irving with Lifeboat Ball guests Laura Ward and Amy St Quinton
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The second annual RNLI Skegness Lifeboat Ball saw almost 200 guests attend the Suncastle on North Parade for a night of fine dining and entertainment.

Thanks to the generosity of guests and local businesses, the successful event raised a staggering £11,500 to ensure the charity can continue with its valuable rescue work.

Organiser and second coxswain Ray Chapman said he was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of guests and sponsors which enabled the event to surpass last year’s impressive £8,000 total.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, helping to fund new life jackets for the volunteer lifeboat crew here at Skegness.

“We never expected we could beat last year’s total and raise so much for the RNLI.”

Around 30 local businesses contributed to the event’s success, demonstrating the huge level of support for the charity and its volunteer crew.

Mr Chapman added: “I cannot thank our sponsors and guests enough for their support leading up to the event and on the night.”

The RNLI receives no government funding and is totally reliant on the fundraising work of its volunteers and donations.

The popular fundraising event is set to return in 2013.