8th May 2019. The volunteers at National Coastwatch Institution station at Lyme Bay were presented with a cheque for £485 from staff at Waitrose in Bridport.

The money was raised through the shop’s Community Matters green token scheme, which allows shoppers to vote for a good cause they would like to support by placing a green token in the relevant box.

NCI Lyme Bay’s station manager Judy Clarke and treasurer Graeme Gemmill collected the cheque on behalf of the charity from Laura Broad, Waitrose Community Matters Champion.

The NCI Lyme Bay has two lookout stations, one at Burton Bradstock and the other at Charmouth, and the team offer a watchful eye over Lyme Bay as well as offering radio checks and giving weather and tide information.

The NCI is a voluntary organisation, set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small coastguard stations closed. The Lyme Bay National Coastwatch Station at Burton Bradstock was set up 2010.

The photograph (courtesy of the Bridport & Lyme Regis News) shows Station Manager Judy Clarke and Station Treasurer Graham Gemmill receiving the cheque from Laura Broad, the Waitrose Community Matters Champion.

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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