Earlier this year, we launched our Building Better Communities campaign giving communities the chance to nominate local projects to win a share of £100,000. The winner, awarded the £50,000 ultimate prize, was the Penlee Lifeboat Station.
Elaine Trethowan, volunteer press officer at the Penlee Lifeboat Station, gives us the charity’s reaction:
“We’ve had a lifeboat in Mounts Bay for over 200 years. In 1981, our lifeboat at Penlee, Solomon Brown, was lost with all eight crew and after that, the lifeboat moved to Newlyn.
“As a temporary measure, they built a small lifeboat station, but that now is woefully inadequate.
“This January, the team decided to upgrade the current facilities, which were originally built in 1983. We launched an appeal to raise £200,000 for a new two-storey station, to create space for a crew training room, larger training facilities, a visitor attraction and more space to accommodate and maintain our two lifeboat crafts.
“It’s amazing to be the winner of the £50,000! It will make such a difference and now, with Jewson’s incredible contribution, we’re halfway to meeting our target.
“The prize puts us a huge step closer to providing a station for the whole community. We can’t thank Jewson enough.”
To view the full list of winners and find out more about the work these projects do in their communities, visit: www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk