TWO MILE OAK INN RAISES FUNDS FOR NCI FROWARD POINT

16th April 2019. Another successful year’s fundraising at the Two Mile Oak Inn near Abbotskerswell has seen two local charities, Devon in Sight and Froward Point National Coastwatch received £1165 each.

Devon in Sight is close to everyone at Two Mile Oak since this Devon-wide charity supports Chris Tester, a former Two Mile Oak Supervisor who was shot and blinded during a robbery in Antigua on Christmas Day 2016. Grahame Flynn, the Charity’s Chief Executive, said “We would like to thank the staff and customers of Two Mile Oak for their ongoing support. I am delighted that our small charity has been able to support Chris and his family on their journey”.

The National Coastwatch Station at Froward Point near Kingswear has now been given more than £5,000 over 4 years thanks to the sterling efforts of Debbie Beechey and her staff. Station Manager Glyn Watkin said “This is a wonderful contribution to the efforts we are making to improve the service we offer to mariners and also to walkers using the South-West Coast Path. National Coastwatch celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and it’s only thanks to supporters like Debbie that the service has already expanded to 54 stations manned by over 2,500 volunteers around the coasts of England and Wales”.

Picture shows Debbie Beechey (centre) presenting cheques to (left) Froward Point volunteers and (right) Jill and Chris Tester flanked by Grahame Flynn and Senior Support Worker Cathy Duffy

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