Community Fund donation supports local lifeboat

9 months ago Mon 9th Dec 2019

Members of the lifeboat crew and Calum from Bluestar (centre left)

Independent lifeboat Organisation, Solent Rescue, has received a boost this month - thanks to a donation from Bluestar.

The charity is based at Lepe Country Park in Hampshire and was first established in 1971 - initially as a beach rescue unit. Now, it offers both inshore and offshore capabilities.

“We feel it is hugely important to support charities, schools and other organisations within the local areas where we run bus services - and many people living in and visiting Southampton waterside travel with us,” said Bluestar’s Calum Noble-Gresty.

“We even run a special Beach Bus to Lepe Beach during the summer months.

“It was great to meet the volunteers who work tirelessly to help those in distress along our coastline. I’m delighted we are able to support this very worthy cause, by making a donation from our Community Fund.”

As part of a wider framework of independent and RNLI-operated lifeboats on the south coast, Solent Rescue helps to monitor the waters of the western Solent - as well as providing land-based support to Lepe Country Park.

It is operational at weekends from Easter until September, bank holidays and provides seven day coverage throughout the Festival of Cowes Week. Crew training takes place all year round.

Wayne Monks from Solent Rescue added: We are extremely grateful for the grant from Bluestar’s community fund, this has been allocated towards a new initiative that we are hoping to roll out early next year. Keep an eye on our social media for up-dates.

Bluestar’s Community Fund is open for applications from charities, sports teams and schools throughout the year - with funding and support donated during two specific months. The next round of donations will take place in January 2020.