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Cash from Porthleven Lido Day handed to Fishermen's Mission

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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Porthleven Lido Day organisers hand over money to Julian Waring of the Fishermen's Mission

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MONEY raised at an impromptu lido fun day in Porthleven has now been handed over to help Cornish fishermen.

The event on March 29 raised more than £800 for the Fishermen’s Mission.

Organisers now hope to recreate the day – dubbed

Lido Day 2 – to run alongside the fishermen’s barbecue on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Lido Day was inspired after all the boats were removed from the inner harbour after the winter’s storms.

Richard Smith remarked that the harbour looked like a lido and his wife, Sarah Smith took up the idea of reviving something of the port’s old gala week swimming events.

In the space of just a couple of weeks, the event had been organised and all the charitable organisations in Porthleven were also asked to man their own stalls.

More than 300 turned up on the day with many taking to the freezing cold March water, involving sculling races, space-hopper races and other silly games.

Mr Smith said: “We decided to give the money to the Fishermen’s Mission, which financially supported the fishermen and their families, who could not work over the winter.

“On the day itself, Andrew Bayley organised the sculling event, showing off the fishermen’s skills of propelling a boat with a single oar.

“The event and cup was won by Jeremy Richards and raised money for the Mission.

“Further money were collected by Joyce Edwards on the day and Jona Jones ran a donation bar supplied by Simon Stone of the pub Out of the Blue.”

He said £816.93 was raised in total. Mr Richards thanked his fellow organisers Phil Ward, Suzie Williams, Julia Schofield, Sarah Smith, Andrew Bayley and Jona Jones.

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