Weston-super-Mare Golf Club’s lady Captain used her year to collect a large sum for Weston RNLI Station. The club wanted to recognise that the Weston RNLI crew are about to embark on a new venture by recognising their own foundation many years ago.
During her year as Lady Captain, Melanie Rossi promoted the local Weston RNLI volunteers as the charity to be supported. She was particularly interested because her head groundsman, Simon Cresser, is one of the helmsmen at Weston RNLI.
During the course of her year in charge she organised collections on the Grand Pier, auctions, raffles and coffee mornings as well as collection boxes in the golf club. The target she aimed for and achieved was £1892 as the golf club itself was established in the year 1892.
Melanie Rossi said;’ the RNLI is a great charity with which I identify. My uncle was saved during the war at sea. Also we recognise how desperately the volunteer crews need a new station and we wanted to help towards it.’
Peter Elmont, chair Weston RNLI fundraising committee said; ’this is a very generous donation. The ladies have worked very hard and helped to give us a new start. We hope to have news about a new station very soon.’
The picture shows Melanie presenting the cheque to Peter Elmont, chair of Weston RNLI fundraising committee. Also in the picture are Steven Carrick, treasurer of Weston Golf Club and Richard Spindler MBE previous Lifeboat Operations Manager at Weston RNLI.