MONEY donated by spectators at this year’s Airbourne spectacular has been handed over to Eastbourne RNLI.
Just over £16,000 was collected in buckets during the four day airshow and nearly £5,000 was this week presented to lifeboat officials by the Eastbourne Hospitality Association which organised the collection.
Marco Giorgi, chairman of the EHA, presented the cash to Paul Metcalfe from the RNLI. The money represented 30 per cent of money collected in August.
For the third year the EHA carried out a retiring collection during the event to raise funds towards the costs of staging the airshow, with 30 per cent of donations going towards the chosen charity for 2011, the Eastbourne RNLI.
It has come as a welcome boost for the Eastbourne RNLI which has just launched its new lifeboat appeal to raise £700,00 over the next 15 months for a new boat.
Paul Metcalfe said, “I am absolutely delighted with this magnificent sum of money to start our new lifeboat appeal and would like to say thank you to all concerned and to the EHA for choosing us as their charity this year.”
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Neil Stanley said, “It is brilliant news that the EHA can make this fantastic donation towards a new lifeboat for Eastbourne and I’m sure it will come as a great boost towards their latest appeal.
“The EHA did a brilliant job in carrying out this year’s retiring collection at Airbourne, which really is vitally important to the future of the event, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them again for their continued support.”
The presentation took place at the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Sovereign Harbour on Monday.
Stagecoach staff were also present after helping with the retiring collection count by providing the counting facility as well as staff who helped to carry out the collection this year.
Airbourne will return to Eastbourne next year from August 9-12 for another.