PR201014 – Antonio’s hands Exmouth RNLI a cheque from donations of Darcey’s Doughnut Delight.
Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)
On Sunday 12 October, the owner of Antonio’s cafe handed over a cheque for £350 to Exmouth RNLI volunteers. Customers’ donations from a competition-winning flavour of Italian ice-cream contributed to this amount and will help fund equipment essential for Exmouth lifeboat crew training.
In the spring, Antonio’s in the Strand, Exmouth ran a competition with primary school, Bassett’s Farm. Owner, Tony Badcott was searching for a new inventive flavour to help raise money to save lives at sea and turned to local schoolchildren for inspiration. 11 year old Darcey Greenland won the competition with her unique flavour which she named ‘Darcey’s Doughnut Delight’.
Throughout the busy summer season, sales of the concoction of vanilla gelato, doughnuts and strawberry sauce attracted voluntary donations to amass a total of £350 for the charity. Owner, Tony is thrilled the special flavour was a success;
‘I would like to thank the Headteacher of Bassetts Farm Primary School, Sarah Bennett along with all her staff in encouraging over 100 entries to the 2014 Antonio’s Ice Cream Competition, which has raised £350 for Exmouth RNLI. I have been delighted to have helped a charity that my family were such fervent supporters of for many years. I would hope that the new 2015 Antonio’s Ice Cream Competition Flavour winning entry will help me through the £1,000 mark in donations, since Antonio’s opened just 12 months ago’
Over the summer, Exmouth lifeboat station had been issued with a life-size Ruth Lee training manikin to use on man overboard exercises whilst training on the Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn. Volunteers at the station suggested attaching a VHF locator beacon onto the manikin to keep track of it in the estuary. The fundraising team have turned to the community for help and Antonio’s have requested that the donation should go towards funding the beacon. The full cost of the beacon has almost been met with generous support from local people and organisations.