Donna Hollett, Secretary of the Buccaneers SAC hands cheque for £200 to Cliff Downing RNLI New Brighton’s Lifeboats Operations Manager (Credit RNLI/Bob Warwick)
Author: Bob Warwick, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
RNLI stations in New Brighton and Aberystwyth have benefited from a fishing competition between two sea angling clubs.
Liverpool based Buccaneers Sea Angling Club and Aberystwyth based Ceredigion Sea Angling Club who fought for the privilege of winning the newly established ‘Tom Anderson Memorial Shield ‘.
Tom Anderson was a well known Aberystwyth fisherman who established a sea fishing club for youngsters many years ago and a member of Ceredigion SAC who died recently. His family created the trophy in his memory and the two fishing clubs have had close ties for many years.
Buccaneers Secretary Donna Hollett said ‘ Thirty fisherman from the two clubs had a series of four matches at Borth, Abererron, Holyhead, the Alt with the final being held in Liverpool’s Brunswick Dock and the winner was Shaun Ripley from the Buccaneers.A total of £400 was raised for charity and it was decided that this money should be split equally between the 2 lifeboat stations local to our fishing clubs.This competition is to be an annual battle between our clubs and will help strengthen the bonds between us. When fishing we often see the lifeboats in action or on exercise and are really pleased that this money will go to such great cause plus we never know when we may need them!’
Cliff Downing Lifeboat Operations Manager at the New Brighton station said ‘ We have a great relationship with the fishing fraternity and we really appreciate this donation. Its activities like this that will help us to achieve our £50,000 target for our stations current crew training and equipment appeal and without this sort of support the RNLI would not be able to function in our primary task of saving lives at sea’