Our Lifeboat Appeal has reached £51,194.66 following a generous donation last night from the EDP, Norfolk's regional newspaper. This means we have reached more than a fifth of our target to raise £250,000 towards a next-generation Shannon-class lifeboat for Wells by the end of 2015.
Nigel Pickover, the editor of the EDP, had promised to "buy the crew a drink" when he visited the station following the flood on December 5th 2013. He returned last night to the Golden Fleece on the quayside where the crew were treated to drinks and a supper and a performance by the Sheringham Shantymen.
The EDP started a flood appeal last December which raised £330,000, helping more than 300 people all along the Norfolk coast rebuild their lives, homes and businesses after the storm surge. Mr Pickover explained that the newspaper is keen to help the RNLI in the region and to support the Wells Shannon Appeal. As a starting point, he then presented Coxswain Allen Frary with a cheque for £2570.20 towards the new boat.
The Sheringham Shantymen, who have been vocal supporters of the RNLI for 25 years now, also pledged £500 for the new lifeboat.
The crew and station officers at Wells are hugely grateful for the support and would like to thank the EDP, the Fleece and the Shantymen for an excellent evening.