Loch Fyne launches charity campaign – Fishupdate.com

Loch Fyne launches charity campaign Published:  07 February, 2007

LOCH Fyne Restaurants has launched a charity campaign to raise funds for a £125,000 Atlantic 85 lifeboat for the RNLI.

The appeal was launched at Loch Fyne’s annual conference, held at the RNLI’s Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset at the beginning of February. MD, Richard Morris told the delegates: “The RNLI is a charity that is well-known and highly respected by our customers. It is also a charity that has synergy with what we do: We are both involved with the sea and just as we rely on the fishermen for our business, the RNLI plays a vital role in helping rescue fisherman when they are in trouble.”

The company aims to raise the money for the ‘Loch Fyne’ lifeboat – to be based at the Lyme Regis station – in around two years. Funds will be raised through charity gourmet dinners, collecting boxes in all the restaurants, appeals during the annual Seafood Week and inter-restaurant staff challenges – there is also a donations page on the Loch Fyne web site.

At the conference Loch Fyne staff were shown around the college, including the survival pool where lifeboat crew were experiencing a rescue drill in a life raft with sound effects of thunder, and simulated rain, wind and waves.

MD Richard Morris and Operations Manager Harriet Wallker were surprised participants in a training drill with three attending lifeboat men from Lyme Regis – as pagers went off the two Loch Fyne staff had to race against time to get dressed in lifeboat crew kit and launch a boat out into Poole harbour.

RNLI Appeal Manager Heidi Chaplin said: ‘Lyme Regis’s current lifeboat is coming to the end of its operational life and needs replacing. We are proud to be working with Loch Fyne Restaurants on this project and hope that their promotion of this important appeal will ensure the money is raised as quickly as possible.’

The Atlantic 85, which costs £125,000, is capable of speeds up to 35 knots and can carry a fourth additional crew member compared to its predecessor the Atlantic 75. It is also equipped with radar and GPS that enables the volunteer crew at Lyme Regis to reach people in distress at sea more quickly.

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew have rescued 249 people and launched 348 times in the ten years since they gained their Atlantic 75.

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