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Fundraiser launched to thank emergency services

Picture of Chris Bamfield

Published: Wednesday, 18th November 2020

The borough council, with the agreement of the Bamfield family, has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise money for the RNLI.

This is as a heartfelt thank you for their role in the search for former executive director Chris Bamfield.

Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive at the borough council, said: "We are all still reeling from the shock of the weekend's events. The family that is the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has taken this hard."

"We, along with Chris’s wife Vanessa and children Ashton and Jamie, want to show our gratitude to the emergency services involved in the search for Chris, and we felt that this would be an appropriate way to show our support and encourage anyone else who felt they wanted to, to do likewise."

Chris sadly went missing while windsurfing off the coast of Hunstanton on Saturday 14 November 2020.

Chris' family, who have given their blessing to raise funds for the RNLI, to say thank you for all their effort, said:

"Chris lived life to the max. He was always fanatical about everything he did, and windsurfing was at the top of that list."

"The effort and dedication shown by the emergency services in their effort to bring him home have left us all truly humbled. To show our appreciation as a family, we would like to contribute to the RNLI in his name, and we know he would appreciate anyone else, able and willing to do so, to do the same."

RNLI crews from Hunstanton, Wells and Cromer were all involved in the search.

The RNLI is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches in England.

The RNLI continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income.

Anyone wanting to show their support should head to Anything raised to support these vital emergency services would be very much appreciated.

All donations go straight to the charity via the above link.

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