Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Costcutter donates over £2,000 to the Swanage Lifeboat Boathouse Appeal

A special scheme run through one of Costcutter’s suppliers, Nisa, enabled a percentage of profit on certain products sold through the Swanage shop to be collected for donation to a charity of the shop owner’s choice.
The total raised by the Swanage Costcutter was £2070.41 and the Tomes family, owners of the local shop, decided to donate the funds to Swanage Lifeboat Boathouse Appeal.

The local shop in Herston, today known as Costcutter, has been owned and run by the Tomes family for more than 100 years.

Family members Harry Tomes and his son Keith Tomes went to present the cheque the Swanage Lifeboat Station where Harry’s grandson, and Keith’s son, Darren Tomes is a volunteer lifeboat crew member.
Darren said “I am proud to be part of the successful family business. My grandfather has been involved with the business for over 60 years and I hope to see the business continue through the generations. My family have always been supportive of my voluntary role on the lifeboat, allowing me to run out of the butchery when my pager sounds. It was great to be able to make a donation to the appeal from the shop and the money go towards our future lifeboat station.”

Final preparations are being made for work to commence on the building of the new lifeboat station and setting up provisions for the temporary facilities that will house lifeboat crew kit and equipment in the boat park whilst the building work is underway.

It is expected that the Swanage Lifeboat will launch down the slipway of the current lifeboat station for the last time towards the end of 2014, marking the end of an era for the boathouse which has seen the Swanage lifeboats launch hundreds of times over the station’s 137 year history.