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Sheringham RNLI mourns a fine friend

Lifeboats News Release

Funeral of Ann Hook, dedicated RNLI supporter and fundraiser, takes place in Sheringham.

Last week members of the Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Management Group were among more than 100 friends who gathered at St. Andrew’s Church, Sheringham to remember Ann Hook.

Originally from Yorkshire, Ann and her partner Andrew Dawson moved to Sheringham from the Thames Valley; brought to the coast through their shared love of sailing. This interest in boats led Ann to become involved with the RNLI.

Phil Hawes, Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Management Group Chairman, commented: ‘Ann was a loyal friend and great supporter. For many years she managed the RNLI car park at The Lees and fundraised there. Through her efforts thousands of pounds have been raised towards saving lives at sea.

'Ann was awarded an RNLI Bronze Badge for her work and an engraved glass photograph frame from the Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Management Group. She will be sorely missed by everyone, not least for her great sense of fun. Ann’s bravery and the dignified way she carried herself through the final months of her illness won the respect of us all’

RNLI media contacts

  • Dick Grieve, Sheringham RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 01263 822016, 07884 495155
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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