On Friday, October 18 in the New Beach Club at Pett Level, members of the RNLI flank stations Rye Harbour and Hastings gathered to thank Steve ‘Sparra’ Harris and James ‘Nod’ Blackman and all their team for another magnificent fundraising effort.
For sixty-eight unbroken years a dedicated band of folk, drawn from the Beach Club and local Coastguard, has gone out to all the homes in Pett and Pett Level asking for donations for the ‘Harvest Home’ auction. This year each lifeboat station received a much appreciated £1,100.
‘It has been great this year,’ said Nod Blackman, ‘to see youngsters in the local community coming forward to get involved. The auction was just like the old days – a bit of friendly rivalry in the bidding between Hastings and Rye Harbour.’
Reflecting on the generous donation Martin Bruce, Lifeboat Press Officer at Rye Harbour, commented, ‘Events like these are the lifeblood of the RNLI. Without the dedication and hard work of all those involved in the auction, the charity that saves lives at sea just could not continue to do its work. We are very grateful.’
Image Credits: Kt Bruce .