Councillor Mrs Carolyn Heaps, Mayor of Eastbourne and long term supporter of Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats, joined forces with some of the crew at the Arndale Centre this week to help collect funds for the town’s new lifeboat.

Councillor Heaps launched herself upon the public armed with a collection bucket in support of Eastbourne’s new lifeboat appeal. Management of the Arndale shopping centre in the heart of town, in addition to offering one of their empty units for a display of lifeboat material, generously donated space in the central atrium for an exhibit of a D-Class inshore lifeboat accompanied by some of Eastbourne RNLI’s volunteer crew. The week- long event has proved to be a great success for the appeal with over £2100 being donated toward the cost of the town’s new Tamar class lifeboat currently under construction in Plymouth.