Your garden can help RNLI’s appeal grow

Coxswain Gary Bird at the launch of the �275,000 appeal towards the new Lytham St Annes Shanon inshore lifeboat
Coxswain Gary Bird at the launch of the �275,000 appeal towards the new Lytham St Annes Shanon inshore lifeboat

Can you help a cash appeal grow – by making your garden available for the public to admire?

Members of the Lytham St Annes RNLI Ladies Guild are hoping to generate funds for the lifeboat station’s Shannon appeal by setting up an open gardens weekend across Lytham St Annes and want to hear from homeowners willing to take part.

The Lytham St Annes station is looking to raise £275,000 towards a new Shannon-class lifeboat which is set to come into service next year as replacement for the current Mersey-class craft, which is approaching the end of its active life.

Ladies’ Guild member Bridget Craven said: “Open garden weekends are a great fund-raising idea and it would be wonderful to hear from anyone locally who has an interesting garden and is willing to open it.”

Gary Bird, coxswain at the RNLI station in St Annes, said: “It’s a great idea. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the fund-raising of the Ladies Guild. They are the backbone of the service and we hope this initiative is well supported.”

Details from Bridget on (01253) 729813 or at bmcraven@btinternet.com