Eastbourne Lifeboats were one of the beneficiaries from the generosity of bus operator Stagecoach who donated £400 which had been raised from trips on their vintage bus which operated in the run-up to Christmas. 

During December the bus, driven by specialist driver Garth Porrell, offered short trips around Eastbourne for £1 per trip with all proceeds being donated to local charities. Garth bought the bus to the lifeboat station on Wednesday (28th Feb) with Operations Manager Krystian Kaczala on board with a cheque for £400 which was presented to Coxswain Mark Sawyer and senior volunteer lifeboat crew Ian Stringer and Dave Needham.