RNLI ball raises over £8,000

SKEGNESS RNLI’s ‘Lifeboat Ball’ has been hailed a huge success after it raised over £8,000 at the weekend.

The fundraising event was held at The Suncastle in Skegness on Saturday night and was attended by nearly 160 guests - each given a ‘Golden Ticket’ opportunity to win a trip on the Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher.

The evening featured entertainment by jazz quartet Tufty Gordon and Friends, and eight-piece band Soul Intention.

Event organiser, Skegness lifeboat Second Coxswain Ray Chapman, said the night had been more successful than he’d ever imagined.

Ray said: “When we set out to organise a fundraising ball our primary goal was to create a memorable night and to establish the event as an annual fixture.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support received from local companies and the generosity of our guests on the night - thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success.”

Nearly £1,500 was raised on the raffle, with prizes including an iPad 2, a 40” Samsung TV and an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

The auction generated over £1,700 with lots ranging from a 15-minute trial helicopter lesson, a VIP tour of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to an opportunity to drive an Audi TT for a weekend.

The ball was sponsored by over 30 local and national companies, including Title sponsors Centrica Energy, which operates the offshore windfarms near Skegness..