Light up your boat or house for Christmas and help make this year’s Sovereign Shines the Harbour’s most magnificent yet!

Joining forces with the Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders' Association and the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour, this year we hope to achieve a magical harbour light spectacle and boost local community spirit, raising much needed funds for Eastbourne’s RNLI lifeboat and local charitable organisation, Care for Carers. 

Donations made today will be distributed equally between both organisations.

Please select gift aid when completing your donation as this adds 25% to the total and costs you nothing.


£486.50 raised by 12 supporters

£394.00 donated and £92.50 in GiftAid


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RNLI Eastbourne from The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour

The station was established in Eastbourne in 1822, two years before the Royal National Lifeboat Institution itself was founded. The first boat was provided by Mr John Fuller MP of Rose Hill, Sussex. When he died in 1833 he left the boat “To the inhabitants of Eastbourne”. She was built in Eastbourne by Mr Simpson, was 25ft long and pulling ten oars.

Already one of the busiest coastal stations in the UK and Ireland, the impact of COVID-19 has seen a rise in demand for its rescue services not only from increased visitors to our waters/beaches but also development of cheaper and more easily obtainable and transportable water craft. Unfortunately COVID-19 has other impacts on the community resulting in casualty recoveries from Beach Head.  This has required an increased commitment from volunteer crews and their families during these difficult COVID times.

Care for Carers from The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour

  • Did you know that carers have been hit the hardest of all by the Pandemic and the number of people caring for someone has dramatically increased. Little known is that a significant number of them are young persons often still at school. 
  • Care for Carers provide a range of services to help carers, as well as give information and advice so that no one has to care alone. From one to one support, carers hub, carers groups and counselling to a drop in center for carers.