A FUNDRAISING summer fayre for a lifeboat service, the first in almost two years, raised more than £9,000 for Newhaven RNLI.

The fayre last Saturday had stalls, live performances, a barbecue, raffle and a drinks bar for people to enjoy in the September sun. There was also a kids funfair, as well as a birds of prey presentation.

Carol Shewell, events coordinator for Newhaven RNLI said it was fantastic to raise money and be able to finally return for their biggest fundraising event.

The Argus: Newhaven Town Crier was also in attendance.Newhaven Town Crier was also in attendance.

She said: “It was really well attended, we had lots of stalls and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves so yeah it was a really successful day.”

“It was windy in the morning but the wind dropped and the sun came out which was great.”

The money raised on the day was over £6,000, with sponsors making the total £9,183.44.

The Argus: The event was from 12.00pm till 4.00pm.The event was from 12.00pm till 4.00pm.

Pete Shewell, events coordinator at Newhaven RNLI, added: “It is an amazing amount of money. Every penny will help our lifeboat and crew to continue to save lives at sea.”

Local councillors and mayors were all in attendance to support Newhaven RNLI.

Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes was also in attendance.

She said: “I was delighted to be able to join so many local people at the RNLI summer fayre in Newhaven. Our local lifeboat volunteers are real heroes risking their lives to save others at sea in the most perilous of conditions.

“It was clear from those at the event the high regard in which the community hold our local RNLI crews and I hope that the event was able to raise much needed funds for them and many thanks to Carol and the team for organising.”

For more information, visit Newhaven Lifeboat Events on Facebook.