Flamborough RNLI benefits from substantial legacy donation

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI has received a very generous legacy donation of more than £360,000 from the estate of the late Miss Irene Child of Rawdon, West Yorkshire.

A photograph of Miss Irene Child

RNLI/Laura Hanson

Miss Child

Miss Child, who died in February at the age of 78, spent many happy caravan holidays at Flamborough with her parents during her childhood and continued to enjoy visiting the area as an adult. She was a Government driver in Leeds during her working life, and drove Government officials around the country.

Her friend and former colleague Susan Spray said Miss Child loved to travel and was a talented artist.

She added: ‘Irene enjoyed painting the places she visited and had a great affection for the beautiful Flamborough Headland. She had always planned to leave a legacy to the RNLI at Flamborough and I’m sure she would be delighted to know what a big difference her gift will be making to the volunteer crew members there.’

Paul Arro, Flamborough RNLI Treasurer, said: ‘I would like to express the sincere gratitude of everyone at the Flamborough Lifeboat Station for this most generous and truly magnificent bequest from the estate of the late Miss Child. We think it is the largest legacy ever received at the station and will be put to good use in providing continued lifeboat cover around the Headland.’

RNLI media contacts For more information please contact Laura Hanson, Flamborough RNLI Press Officer, on 07838753286 or laura_hanson16@hotmail.co.uk

Notes to editors • Flamborough Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1871. • To learn more about the Flamborough Lifeboat go to www.rnli.org.uk

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