Christmas comes early for RNLI thanks to Airbourne

Airbourne donation to the RNLI
Airbourne donation to the RNLI

Christmas has come early for the Eastbourne RNLI who received a donation of £10,200 from this year’s Airbourne bucket collection.

The collection, run by the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, attracted the most donations ever at Airbourne, with 30 per cent of the proceeds being donated to the RNLI who support the event with safety boat provision along the flying display line.

The cheque was presented by Eastbourne mayor Mike Thompson and marked the closure of an appeal for funds for the new Lifeboat, The Diamond Jubilee. Councillors and hoteliers from the Eastbourne Hospitality Association led by Jerome Farrow, Marco Giorgi and Beryl Newson also met the RNLI crew to thank them for their support.

Cllr Thompson said, “As a result of all the work carried out by hoteliers, volunteers and everyone else who contributed to the 2012 Airshow, it’s a pleasure to be able to hand over £10,200 to the Eastbourne RNLI. Our thanks go out to everyone who made the show a success, from bucket collectors to safety boat volunteers, and especially to the members of the public who so willingly donated.”

Local bus operator Stagecoach Buses sponsored the administrative operation of the collection, with volunteers collecting money along the seafront during all four days of the airshow. The remaining 70 per cent of funds from the collection will go towards the continuation of Airbourne.