Sponsorship boost for Fleetwood Coastwatch service

The charity has received a pledge of £250 per year for the next five years from Moore and Smalley.

The money will go towards running costs at the newly built Rossall Point Watch Tower with the first donation being used to purchase new binoculars.

Representatives from Moore and Smalley joined members of NCI Rossall Point and other fundraisers and sponsors on Sunday June 9 to officially open the new tower and unveil a plaque.

Debbie Wood, partner at Moore and Smalley’s Blackpool office, said: “NCI Fleetwood provides a vital service in monitoring the coast, reducing the risk of incidents such as people being cut off by the tide or being trapped in quick sand, and alerting the Coastguard to swimmers, surfers and fishermen who may be in trouble. We are very happy to be supporting NCI Rossall Point in continuing to deliver this valuable service.”

Senior Watchkeeper, Henry Bee, said: “I am very pleased that Moore and Smalley has agreed to make a contribution to the tower expenses of £250 per annum for the next five years and, on behalf of the whole Crew of the Watch, thank the firm for its generous support.

NCI Rossall Point has received significant fundraising support from Fylde-based women’s running group the Goal-den Girls who raised £7,500 to go towards equipment for the Watch. Other sponsors include Thornton Cleveleys Rotary Club and B&M Bargains, as well a host of small businesses in the local area.

NCI, nationally, was founded in 1994 to restore a visual watch along the UK coastline, when Government cutbacks resulted in the closure of many Coastguard stations. Today, there are over 40 NCI stations keeping visual watch around the coastline of England and Wales.

Each station – including Fleetwood – has a qualified and highly trained team of watch keepers who are unpaid, do not claim expenses and have to purchase their own uniforms and personal equipment.

NCI Rossall Point commenced operations in summer 2008 and watches are usually manned by two watch keepers and last for four hours in summer and three in winter. While current lack of numbers means it does not watch for 24 hours, the service does try to stand from 10am to 4pm in winter and from 10am to 8pm in summer, subject to available manpower.