Fears over future of Porthleven's Lifeboat Day

Falmouth Packet: Fears over future of Porthleven's Lifeboat Day Fears over future of Porthleven's Lifeboat Day

A member of Porthleven and District RNLI has expressed concern over the future of Lifeboat Day due to lack of fundraisers.

Following an AGM in late March, the group announced that it needed new committee members, and it has since found a new chairman, but is still in need of volunteers, a secretary, and a Lifeboat Day secretary.

Jean Howard, Porthleven and District RNLI press officer, said: “I don't think people in general know quite how desperate the situation is although of course there is still time.

“Ideally the sooner we have someone on board they can follow the present holders of the post and learn in advance a little about what has to be done.

“With so many people leading such extremely busy lives these days and so many groups needing volunteers it does result in those who can do something a little thin on the ground.

“But surely in an area such as Porthleven plus those in the villages that make up the district there must be at least two people whom can come to our rescue.”

The organisation has a core of volunteers who help out on Lifeboat Day, but they are not always all available.

The secretary and Lifeboat Day secretary have both stood down, but have said they will continue in position until after this year’s event on August 10.

Jean said: “We are a friendly, hard working group of people who raise funds to help save lives at sea, a very worthy cause and one much needed in this wonderful part of the world with so much ocean and many beaches out there.”

She added: “Can you imagine the furore if we announce there will be no more Porthleven Lifeboat Days? I dread to think of it.”

Anyone who believes they can help should contact Gill Moore on 01326 561 718.

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