An appeal's been launched for a new lifeboat at Wells on the Norfolk coast.
With the current boat nearing the end of its life, volunteers at the station want to replace it with a faster, more modern vessel.
Most of the two million pounds required has already been raised from legacy gifts, but volunteers still need to raise £250,000 in the next 18 months.
There's been a lifeboat crew in Wells for almost 150 years. Over the decades, hundreds have been part of that crew, rising to the challenge of rescuing those in peril along this stretch of the Norfolk coast.
For the last 25 years, it's fallen to those on board the Doris M Mann of Ampthill to keep that tradition alive. But now it's time for a replacement.
The appeal has been officially launched to raise a quarter of a million pounds to help pay for a new boat, hopefully by 2016. It will be a Shannon class boat, replacing the current Mersey type.
Already a cheque has been handed over for £500 from the Saturday morning bikers' club
Wells has always been very supportive of its lifeboat.
This a town well aware of what damage the sea can do, you only need go back to December when it was under serious threat from the tidal surge.
The station's honours board needs to be updated.
On Wednesday, two sailors were rescued after a yacht ran aground near Wells.
Meanwhile new members are always inspired by stories of such rescues.
Angel Eaglen is 17 tomorrow and about to undergo a medical so she can join.
1880 was the disaster of the Eliza Adams the very first RNLI lifeboat that was placed in Wells.
It went out on a call and boat capsized. The 13 crew drowned leaving the town with 11 widows and 27 children who were fatherless.
Thankfully, lifeboats are much safer now and the crew are hoping the appeal will quickly raise the cash for their new Shannon class boat.