A pair of fundraising bids cooked up by a dockside restaurant have netted £2,827 for Exmouth RNLI.
The efforts of The Point Bar and Grill, at Pilot Wharf, will help buy crew clothing and essential locally-based lifesaving training at the lifeboat station.
A seasonal initiative last summer saw the eatery pledge £1 to the charity for every purchase of its renowned fish and chip meals.
This raised £2,184 between May and August.
And a popular ‘RNLI Charity Fish Supper’ in November secured another £643.
Exmouth RNLI crew member Nick Wright, who joined the charity in March last year, is one of the first of the local lifesavers to benefit from the donations.
Nick has just received an RNLI dry-suit kit at a cost of £800.
He said: “On behalf of the crew and volunteers at Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, I must thank the owners and staff at The Point Bar and Grill for their incredible efforts in raising such an amazing sum for us at what was a very difficult time for all businesses, and to their customers who gave their support.
“I am the first to benefit from this donation and I know some of the remainder is earmarked for sea survival courses and important station based training that, on average, costs £1,400 overall per crew member.”
Des White, who chairs the Exmouth RNLI fundraising team, expressed his gratitude for the ‘two great fundraisers’.
He added: “We rely entirely on public and business support to carry on our essential lifesaving work safely and effectively, and these donations are already helping us to do that – thank you, and very well done!”