Fakenham College students holding bake sales, dressing up and sponsored walks raise more than £1,000 for Wells lifeboat

From left Rory Symington and Luke Morgan present the cheque to Wells lifeboat coxswain Alan Frary. P

From left Rory Symington and Luke Morgan present the cheque to Wells lifeboat coxswain Alan Frary. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The money was presented to coxswain Alan Frary at the Christmas lunch on the Highfield Road campus.

A Shannon class all-weather lifeboat. Picture: Mick Howes

A Shannon class all-weather lifeboat. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

College council chairman Luke Morgan said students voted for which charity should receive the money from their year of fund raising activities.

Wells RNLI has raised the money it needs to buy a new Shannon Class lifeboat for its station.

Mr Frary said money raised by the students would go towards the new boathouse which will need to be built before the new vessel, which is now due to arrive in late 2017, can enter service.

He added: 'Raising £1,000 is a huge achievement. Without people doing what they have been doing, the RNLI would find it very difficult to operate.'

Plans for the new boathouse are expected to be submitted in the New Year.

A larger boathouse is needed to accommodate both the lifeboat and its powerful launching tractor and trailer.

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The favoured site is to the west of the current building, where the beach bank defences will provide protection against extreme weather such as the storm surge of December 2013.

But consultation will have to be carried out with organisations including the Environment Agency before councillors vote on the planning application.

The current lifeboat, Doris M Mann of Ampthill, is 25 years old and has carried out upwards of 150 rescues.