Eastbourne lifeboats have officially launched their new appeal to raise funds towards the cost of their new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat which is currently under construction and due for completion in the spring of 2012.  

The appeal got off to a flying start with the presentation of a handsome cheque for almost £5000 from Eastbourne Hospitality Association who had nominated Eastbourne lifeboats as one of the charities to benefit from collections made at this summer’s Airbourne display. Dr. Colin McKee, Chairman of Eastbourne Lifeboats Management Group, and Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe received the cheque from Marco Giorgi, Chairman of Eastbourne Hospitality Association along with Deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Thompson at Monday’s launch.

Following the presentation Dr McKee praised the people of Eastbourne for their continued support and announced that due to their generosity much of the funding for the new boat was already in place. He continued, “A shortfall of £700,000 still exists however and that is the target we have set ourselves for this current appeal, we are confident that the good people of Eastbourne will help us achieve this figure by the end of 2012.”

The lifeboat appeal team will issue regular updates, progress reports and ways to contribute throughout the coming months in the local media the station website and also on Twitter and Facebook 

Picture shows from front left – Coxswain Mark Sawyer, Dr. Colin McKee, Paul Metcalfe, Marco Giorgi, Mike Thompson with members of the fundraising team and volunteer lifeboat crew.