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The Mayor of Bracknell Forest completes a year of fund raising for the Bembridge Appeal

Bracknell Mayor marvels at new RNLI lifeboat station he has helped to build

The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Bracknell Forest (Berkshire), Councillor Bob Wade, the Mayoress Maggie Wade and the Chairman of the Crowthorne & District RNLI, Anthony Cox and guests were invited to take a look at the work-in-progress at the Bembridge RNLI lifeboat station, to see where their fundraising efforts have been used.

Councillor Wade, who in May 2010 finishes his term as Mayor, has spent the last year helping to raise funds for the Bembridge Operations Room and Galley as part of the £1M public appeal to build a replacement lifeboat station. He nominated the appeal as his chosen charity of the year in May 2009, and recently smashed his target of £22,400 after a packed year of events.

On Tuesday 27 April 2010, Councillor Wade and guests visited the lifeboat station, where they met the coxswain, volunteer lifeboat crew members from the station, and local fundraisers. They were joined for lunch by the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CBE JP, who launched the £1m appeal in August 2008.

The Mayor said: “My wife, Maggie, and I have supported the RNLI for many years. It was great to see up close how work is developing on rebuilding the station to create a modern, more fit-for-purpose facility, one which is large enough to house the latest, most advanced class of lifeboat. I sensed a real buzz of excitement among the crew about the new station, and especially about the prospect of the new Tamar class lifeboat which will be stationed there when the work is complete.”