Family owners and guests at a holiday park near Lyme Regis have pushed the boat out for their local RNLI crew by creating a bumper charity windfall.
Wood Farm Caravan Park in Charmouth adopted the Lyme Regis lifeboat as their charity of the year in 2019 – and have been fundraising throughout the holiday season.
When the amount was totalled up, the award-winning business was delighted to find that it was able to donate £3,130 to the RNLI’s lifesaving work.
The 45-acre park, which sits in the tranquil Char Valley, is owned by Jane Bremner whose parents, Duncan and Joan, first started welcoming guests almost 50 years ago.
Park manager Adrian Mowbray said that charity fundraising has long been an important facet of the Wood Farm’s activity, and that guests played an important role in this:
“We receive thousands of holiday bookings each year, and on each occasion we offer customers the chance to make a donation to our charity of the year,” he said.
“The overwhelming majority choose to do so, and we top up this sum with a charity party on the park over the August bank holiday weekend.
“This year, we saw over 1,500 holiday guests and local residents enjoy the celebrations – and our volunteers’ with their collection buckets were out in force!” added Adrian.
Jane Bremner presented the charity cheque to the lifeboat crew at their Lyme Regis base.
Nick Marks, volunteer lifeboat operations manager, thanked Jane and her team for their hard work and said that the RNLI depends entirely on donations to maintain its rescue service.
Meanwhile, said Adrian, the park is already putting plans in place for fundraising in 2020 on behalf of its next good cause which is Mind, the mental health charity.
A holder of the maximum five pennant award from the AA, Wood Farm Caravan Park is also a member of the Best of British consortium of top-rated independent parks.
There is more information about the business on its website at www.woodfarm.co.uk