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Proceeds from 80th birthday donated to St Davids RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Mr Idris James of Hendrewen, Manorowen recently presented cheques for £1,000 to both St Davids RNLI and Wales Air Ambulance. The donations were from the proceeds of his 80th birthday.

Dai John, Coxswain of St Davids RNLI lifeboat, thanked Mr James for his donation to the charity and said the RNLI were very grateful for the ongoing support received from members of the local community. 

The donation will be put towards the running costs of the station and will help ensure that the lifeboat crew can continue to save lives at sea.

Wales Air Ambulance fundraising co-ordinator for Pembrokeshire Tony Key OBE said: 'The Wales Air Ambulance requires £6M per year to keep their helicopters flying and the donation from Mr James will go a long way to saving the life of someone.'

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Pictured in front of the new St Davids RNLI lifeboat station at St Justinians are, leff to right:  Dai John (St Davids RNLI), Mr Idris James, Tony Key OBE (Wales Air Ambulance)

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For more information please contact Jim Phillips, St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer, on 07791 121039, 01437 721532 or by email to, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales & the West) on 07748 265496, 01745 585162 or by email on

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