It might have been a wet and windy day but that didn’t stop the hardy souls of Newhaven showing their support for their local lifeboat.
About 100 visitors braved the weather to pop along to the national RNLI Slurp Our Soup (SOS) fundraising day from 11.30am to 2pm on Friday (January 31).
Those who went to Newhaven Lifeboat House at Riverside, West Quay, were, as always, welcomed with warming soup and cheese rolls.
The event was held thanks to kind donations by Waitrose supermarket in Lewes and Sainsbury’s supermarket in Newhaven.
Freshly baked bread rolls were also generously supplied and donated by Graham Southgate, of La Baguette Shop bakery in Newhaven.
This was the first fundraising event of the year organised by Newhaven & District Lifeboat Society and raised a total of £371.85.
Graham Hillman, Secretary for the fundraising society, said: “We are always so pleased to see so many people supporting Newhaven Lifeboat, especially given the weather conditions.
“We hope the event brightened the dull day for those attending.”
Anyone interested in joining the fundraising team should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The next event on the Lifeboat calendar is a Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper on February 8 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Newhaven Lifeboat covers the coast from about the Palace Pier at Brighton to the west and Beachy Head to the east.
This coastal area includes Brighton Marina and Newhaven Harbour which between them are havens for conventional and high speed cross-channel ferries, merchant ships, fishing vessels, charter fishing boats, yachts and power boats, not to mention the sailing dinghies, wind surfers, kite surfers and jet skis that launch from the beaches and marinas.
These all contribute to provide a wide variety of callouts.
The area contains some stony and some sandy beaches together with about 12 miles of sheer cliffs including the famous Seven Sisters.
It is these cliffs that give rise to other causes of callouts from people being cut off by the tide when walking under them or from people or dogs falling from the top.
Founded in 1803 the Newhaven Lifeboat Station is amongst the oldest in the country and formed 21 years before the Royal National Lifeboat Institution itself.
It celebrated its 200th anniversary in May 2003.