Eastbourne New Lifeboat Appeal hosted a reception at the Town Hall on Monday evening (31 Oct) where local dignitaries and supporters had the opportunity to view an exhibition of recent rescues, meet the crew and receive an update on build progress of the new Tamar class lifeboat which is on target to be completed early next year.

Following a formal welcome and introduction from Dr Colin McKee, Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group, presentations were given by Lou Purdy RNLI area fund raising representative and lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer. In reply, the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Mrs Carolyn Heaps, said the entire town valued the commitment and bravery of the volunteer crew and she felt certain that townspeople, despite the challenging economic climate, would rise to the challenge of raising the £700,000 shortfall in funding of the new lifeboat.

During the course of the evening the appeal received a boost from the Captains of Royal Eastbourne Golf Club when Kenneth and Yvonne Macdonald presented a cheque for £1000 to Dr Colin McKee to add to the £4500 they had donated earlier in the year collected from events they have hosted during their year of joint captaincy.