Exmouth RNLI Budleigh Gala Week success

Exmouth RNLI raised more than £700 thanks to Budleigh Salterton Gala Week visitors.

Sea safety charity volunteers held a coffee morning during the annual week of family fun, which raised more than £600 for Exmouth RNLI.

Plants donated by Kings Garden Centre, Greenfingers Garden Centre, both in Exmouth, St Bridget Nurseries, and RNLI supporters, raised an extra £140 for the charity.

Exmouth RNLI at Budleigh Gala Week 2019

Budleigh Salterton mayor, Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt at the RNLI plant stall Photo: RNLI

The coffee morning coincided with the national launch of RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign; Exmouth RNLI’s community team invited visitors to browse the stalls of crafts, plants, books, bric-a-brac and cakes.

Pat Atkinson, who jointly organised the event, said: “Everyone worked so hard on the day and many with the organising, weeks before.

“The number of volunteers who set up the event helped in the kitchen, sold raffle tickets – helping generally to make the event such a big success – really made a difference.

“The cakes and drinks raised an amazing £221; a huge thank you to everyone who made cakes.
“We received so many compliments about how delicious they were, and on the choice available, including gluten-free.

Exmouth RNLI at Budleigh Gala Week 2019

Budleigh Salterton Mayor Caz Sismore-Hunt at the Exmouth RNLI stall during Budleigh Gala Week 2019
Photo: RNLI

“We did have a few left and they were delivered to the crew and shop volunteers to enjoy later.”

Coffee morning organisers thanked businesses who donated prizes for the raffle, which raised £161; Pynes Farm Shop, Georgie Porgie’s Puddings Ltd, Flawless Beauty, Otterton Mill, Stuart Line Cruises, The Proper Fish and Chips Co. and Woodbury Wood Turners.

And the Co-op in Brixington, Exmouth, for donating tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits for the event.

Budleigh Salterton Gala Week is organised by Budleigh Salterton Lions Club.

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