Royal Fleet Auxiliary crew donate money to Falmouth RNLI
The RFA Cardigan Bay recently returned to the UK after completing an important mission in the Middle East lasting just over four years.
While away, members of the ship's crew decided to collect foreign coins and notes for the RNLI and the money was handed over to Falmouth RNLI by Able Seaman Brian Sherring at Falmouth lifeboat station.
Brian, who lives in Launceston when not away on duty with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, had spent the last four months on the Cardigan Bay which is now undergoing a refit in Falmouth Docks.
He said: ‘A pot was placed in the ship’s crew room and the money collected included various currencies such as riyals, dirhams and U.S dollars as well as British pounds. We wanted to support the RNLI and in particular, Falmouth lifeboat because of the ship’s connection with the Port of Falmouth.'
Although the total value of the money donated to the charity is not known at this stage because of unknown exchange rates, there is at least £60 in British money. Brian handed over the money to Falmouth RNLI Fundraising Treasurer Brenda Grieve and Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathan Blakeston. Falmouth RNLI is very grateful to Brian and the crew of the Cardigan Bay for their support.
Notes to editors
• The photographs show (left to right) Brenda Grieve, Falmouth RNLI Fundraising Treasurer, Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathan Blakeston and Brian Sherring. Credit RNLI/Simon Culliford
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.