New crew member launches lifeboat Christmas fundraiser

New Sandown & Shanklin Lifeboat crew member, Blossom Kelly, aged just 21 weeks, helped launch the charity’s annual Christmas fund-raising event alongside Sandown mayor, Alex Lightfoot, councillors, crew members and festive fund-raisers at the Broadway Centre.

In the week when the charity received the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service, Cllr Lightfoot presented coxswain, Mark Birch, with a framed certificate signed by former Sandown mayors. He said: “Mark and the team are a credit to Sandown and the Island, as well as lifeboat services nationally, and we look forward to continue working together to maintain and develop services.”

Mark added: “Thanks to Richard Burns for organising our annual craft fayre, and to everyone for taking part. It has been an incredible week for all of us, and, with Blossom joining us, it feels like the next part of the journey is about to begin.”

With around 20 stalls featuring local crafts, books, and Christmas gifts, the fayre raised almost £1,300 and will help towards increased equipment and training costs.