Date: 30 December 2017
Supporting: Sidmouth Lifeboat – Sidmouth, Devon
Sidmouth has always held many fond memories for me having gone on holiday there many times when I was a child. Although I had planned to start my busking challenge in 2018 I had the opportunity to go to Sidmouth in December 2017 and thought I would start it early.
I chose to support Sidmouth Lifeboat – a self-funded, independent lifeboat station, which does not belong to the RNLI. It is on service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with everyone involved being volunteers. They put their lives at risk to save others.
What is great about busking, aside from the making music and raising money for charity, is the people you meet. This time it included a lady with a giant poodle mix breed dog who said that her favourite thing about the dog was how it made everyone smile. There was a toddler who just wanted to dance to the music. And there were the people who donated and only after asked what I was collecting for.
I was delighted to raise over £150 for Sidmouth Lifeboat. I was lucky to be interviewed for a piece in the Sidmouth Herald, the local paper, and lots of people recognised me from that. If you would like to support Sidmouth Lifeboat’s work, then visit their website to donate.