GENEROUS villagers’ phenomenal fund-raising has raked in thousands to help keep the seas safe.
Three organisations in Freckleton joined forces for a year-long fund-raising drive in aid of the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat – and have handed over a cheque for £6,000.
And the local RNLI have given their thanks to the village for their “amazing efforts” in helping to fund the crew.
The cash was raised by the Freckleton Social Club, The Plough and cyclists from the area after they united for a year of sponsored events.
The social club – led by chairman Paddy Quinn, his wife Helen and treasurer Maraline Foster – have been holding regular events and raffles at the Preston Old Road venue, while Mim and Dave Elgee from The Plough have hosted band nights to help rake in the cash.
Local cyclists organised a charity bike ride to raise sponsorship, while across Freckleton generous residents have dropped money into buckets to help boost the total.
The cash was collected by coxswain Martin Jaggs at a special presentation night attended by fellow crew members, and he said he was staggered by the community spirit which existed in the village.
Mr Jaggs added: “We had little idea of how the fund-raising was going and would have been happy to receive just a few pounds, but this is truly fantastic.
“I can’t thank the people of Freckleton enough for their amazing efforts.”
The RNLI is a voluntary service which does not receive funding and relies purely on donations from the public to survive.