30 October 2018
The popular and sold out black tie event, featuring a live band, was attended by 200 people on Saturday, 20 October.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and relies on fund raising through a variety of events along with legacy donations.
This event was organised by Kate Sargent and Deb Congram, both wives’ of lifeboat men who volunteer at the local Weston station at Knightstone.
The party was arranged to bring the local lifesaving community together. It was not just for the RNLI crew and fundraisers, but was also inclusive of the coastguards who attended along with family, friends and members of the public who generously supported the event.
The owners of Weston Pier, kindly offered the hire of the room and stage free of charge, allowing the cost of hosting the event to be reduced.
The event was also supported by the Santander bank, who pledged £1000 to the charity. Business Relationship Manager, Martin Richardson and Financial Advisor, Richard Tarr, were also on hand to host the raffle. A number of locally sourced prizes were won from the sale of raffle tickets during the evening.
The party goers enjoyed fund raising games followed by a fish supper, then danced into the early hours of the morning to music provided by the Bristol based band, ‘Up the Function’. The popular 12–piece band covered a variety of hits from pop, blues, soul and the rock ‘n’ roll genres.
Kate said: ‘It was fantastic to see so many people letting their hair down and enjoying the social time together. While doing so, they have raised an amazing amount for the RNLI. We are extremely grateful for all of the support that we received from the public and the businesses for this event. It all helps our volunteers to continue to save lives at sea’.
The live band: ‘Up the Function’ on stage
All photos credited to RNLI/Nigel Congram