This is what you can do to support Eastbourne RNLI
Eastbourne RNLI is appealing for help from the public to raise money.
The charity is looking for people in Eastbourne to hold fundraisers in their gardens between July and September.
Every year, the summer brings a tide of rescues as the RNLI hits its busiest season and with the pandemic keeping more people on home shores it’s likely that unprecedented numbers will visit the coast.
Peter Emmett, RNLI head of engagement, said, “If you have a garden in full bloom why not host an RNLI open garden?
“By opening your green spaces to locals, friends and family in exchange for a small donation, you could help our charity to raise vital lifesaving funds.
“Whether you have the brightest blooms or the plumpest pumpkin, it could be your time to show off.
“Alongside hosting an RNLI Gardens event, you could also consider putting on refreshments or home-baked goods or selling cut flowers and crops from your vegetable patch.”
For people who would like to take part but don’t want to open their garden to the public, there’s also the opportunity to host an RNLI garden party.
Mr Emmett said, “An RNLI garden party is a private event where the host can invite their friends and family round for a celebration and ask for donations in return.
“Additional funds could be raised through quizzes, cake sales and other fun fundraising activities.”
Funds from hosting a garden party or open garden could provide a valuable lifeline to the RNLI.
A lifeguard’s first aid training costs £30 while £33 could help pay for a volunteer’s sea-going wellies.
Water safety sessions for children can also be funded with a donation of £100
To sign up to RNLI gardens visit www.RNLI.org/Gardens.