The volunteers at Burnham on Sea RNLI have launched a special fundraising appeal to raise £41,000 towards the cost of a new D Class lifeboat. its operational life after giving 10 years of sterling service since its arrival in 2006.

The lifeboat operations manager says 'This is an exciting time for all the volunteers at Burnham on Sea and a real chance for the station to show the local community what we are all about. I know our dedicated fundraising team already have a host of fun and interesting fundraising events lined up for the next 12 months and the volunteer crew are looking forward to getting involved and working with the local community to raise the money needed.'



Thank you to the Freemasons from Burnham-on-Sea who presented us with a cheque for £1,000. Not only that, but Somerset Freemasons match-funded the £1,000, making a total of £2,000 towards the new D Class appeal fund.




Thank you to Crumpets Tea Rooms, Tewkesbury

Crumpets Tea Room are very kindly selling lovely handmade cards to help raise funds for our new D Class. If you are down that way why not grab a cuppa and have a look at the cards. 

Thank you to them and their customers for supporting us and helping save lives.


Thank you to Pat & Beryl Scott at the Ritz cinema.

The selected audience who were invited to the grand opening of the 3rd screen at the Ritz did not have to pay for their seat. However they were asked to make a donation to the RNLI when they left. Thanks to them out appeal fund had gone up by £637.


Thank you to  Monks Yard Cafe, Ilminster and our Taunton Branch.


Mr & Mrs Holling from Monks Yard Cafe have a community day each month and donate a proportion of their takings. On this occasion they chose our lifeboat appeal and donated £385. Our Taunton Branch were collecting too total of £410. 


A big shout out and thanks to the Seaton & Beer Branch.

They donated the profits of their annual musical evening totaling a fantastic £1176.97.


One of our volunteer shore crew, Hooky held a jumble sale.

He donated the takings - £132.03 to the lifeboat fund.



Mendip Rotary step in to support Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat appeal.


Mike Hiles, President of Mendip Rotary club, visited Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station on Wednesday last, for a look around the station, and to present a cheque for £1,200 towards the station new D class fund-raising appeal.

It was in fact, Mike's last official act before handing over the presidency of Mendip Rotary, which is also a sister club to Burnham-on-Sea Rotary.

Mike Hiles said; "We are happy to support Burnham-on-Sea RNLI to help the purchase of their new D Class lifeboat.'


Model support for Burnham on Sea RNLI replacement D Class appeal.

The appeal fund for replacement of Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat Puffin received a boost last week from Burnham and District Model Railway Club, when club member John Langley presented a cheque for £483 to RNLI Station Chairman Ashley Edwards.

Ashley Edwards said; 'We welcome this donation, for although we have a long way to go, I am confident that with the support of the community, we will reach our £41,000 target.'


Thank you to Cheltenham and Tewkesbury RNLI Branch who are holding a quiz in October. to raise funds for our appeal. Details of all their events can be found at

We of course have a long history with Cheltenham - 1866 The lifeboat station was taken over by RNLI and a new boathouse was built. The town of Cheltenham donated a 32ft 10-oared lifeboat, The Cheltenham, to the station. An extract from the Lifeboat Journal says that: 

'… a lifeboat should be stationed there as the ordinary shore boats frequently ran great risk in putting off to vessels in distress on the outlying sandbanks in the vicinity.'


Adam was rewarded for bringing his penny jar down to our lifeboat appeal