Popular South West tourist attraction The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, has announced its continued support of local charity organisation The Weston-super-Mare RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
The Pier has supported the lifesaving charity for several years and plans to continue the support throughout 2018.
The first fundraising event to be announced will take place from Saturday, August 18-Monday, August 27, when RNLI volunteers will collect funds on the Pier’s Boardwalk.
The announcement comes after last month’s celebration of supporter John Boynes who has raised more than £5000 by selling RNLI stickers on the Grand Pier.
Peter Elmont, Fundraising Chairman at Weston RNLI, said: “The Bristol Channel is one of the most dangerous waters in the world due to its high tidal ranges and every year hundreds of tourists get caught out by the rapid rise in sea level.
“Thankfully Weston’s RNLI volunteers are on hand to quickly respond to save those in difficulty at sea.
“Funded by charitable donations the RNLI relies on its fundraising efforts in order to continue this lifesaving work.
“We are therefore thrilled with the generous donations made by visitors to the Pier every year and with the continued support offered by the team at the Grand Pier.” Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said: “The RNLI offers an invaluable service across our coastline helping to save the lives of hundreds of people at sea and we are delighted to offer our continued support wherever possible to help the charity achieve its goals.”
The charity has been fundraising for a new base, after the one on Birnbeck Pier was closed, with more than £635,000 raised so far.