Flying fans urged to ensure the local lifeboat’s quids in

Cheque Presentation to Paul Metcalfe from The Eastbourne RNLI with the Charity donation from the Airbourne retiring Collection at the RNLI Station, Sovereign Harbour''''Lifeboat crew, Marco Giorgi [Chairman of the EHA], Mike Thompson,  Paul Metcalfe [RNLI], Dr Colin McKee (Lifeboat Doctor) and representatives from stagecoach with the cheque.

Cheque Presentation to Paul Metcalfe from The Eastbourne RNLI with the Charity donation from the Airbourne retiring Collection at the RNLI Station, Sovereign Harbour''''Lifeboat crew, Marco Giorgi [Chairman of the EHA], Mike Thompson, Paul Metcalfe [RNLI], Dr Colin McKee (Lifeboat Doctor) and representatives from stagecoach with the cheque.

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AIRBOURNE fans are being called upon to help support this year’s event by donating £1 each to the bucket collectors.

The collection, which is organised by Eastbourne Hospitality Association, will see proceeds funding flying displays, along with much-needed funds for the local Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat charity.

EHA vice president Marco Giorgi said, “We, along with many in Eastbourne, are very proud of our airshow and want to see it continue for many years to come.

“The bucket collections really do make a difference and will also decide future flying displays at the event, so your help is essential.

“Quite frankly, the more we can raise, the better the flying displays.”

Seventy per cent of the proceeds from the collection are used to fund flying displays at the show, with this year’s headlining aircraft the Vulcan, costing £12,000.

Thirty per cent of the proceeds are also given to the Eastbourne Hospitality Association’s chosen charity, the Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat service, who help provide safety boat provision along the flying display line. Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said, “Eastbourne Hospitality Association is a key partner in delivering a huge event like Airbourne. Their support in organising and manning the charity bucket collections is essential in securing the airshow’s future, but with so many visitors to the show, we desperately need more collectors to help them out.” Airbourne is estimated to bring in more than £27 million in visitor spending each year, filling up hotel bed spaces and attracting new and younger visitors to the town, with around a third of visitors being aged under 35. Cllr Stanley added, “Putting on a free airshow isn’t easy, but by raising more donations this year, it will help us budget for bigger flying displays in future years. We’re simply asking if you enjoyed the Vulcan, The Blades or the B17, then please do donate before you head home and help us bring them and even more back next year.”