£2,590.47 was the total raised from the Exmouth RNLI SOS Day event, Six On Saddles. Held on Sunday 20 January, six volunteers from the lifeboat and shore crew cycled the Exe estuary to raise money towards the launch and recovery vehicle for the Shannon-class lifeboat expected in early 2014.
Max, Steve, Paul, Hedley, Lee and David donned their yellow oilskins and helmets
to cycle the 22 mile route in sub-zero temperatures. Stopping off at sailing and fishing clubs along the route, the team collected money in buckets and were treated to lunch at Darts Farm. Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club and Topsham Sailing Club donated generous cheques and Exmouth Sailing Club donated a percentage of their dining revenue on that day.
When the charity’s volunteers arrived back at the lifeboat station, they were greeted by supporters enjoying the fundraising atmosphere. The Exmouth lifeboat fundraising team had organised stalls, a raffle and a hot drink stall which proved very popular. The town’s original ‘buoy’ band, the Exmouth Shanty Men provided welcome cheery entertainment on the frosty winter afternoon.
Organiser Mark ‘Max’ Champion would like to thank everybody who supported and donated to the event;
‘This was the first time I have organised such an event and is the first of its kind that the crew volunteers have undertaken. I was amazed by and thankful for the help and support offered by the entire community, businesses and individuals, not only during the day but also in the organising and planning stages.’
‘As this had not been tried before, we had no idea how much money we would be able to raise and am very pleased with the final figure. The event had been such a success I am hopeful that it can turn into a regular feature on our calendar – watch this space for the next Six On Saddles challenge!’