Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat station receives many donations to their new lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Everyone at Rye Harbour lifeboat station would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the family and friends of Bob Young who kindly made donations to the station's lifeboat appeal.

Bob Young

Leah Young

Local man Bob Young, aged 68, sadly passed away on 15 July after being diagnosed with lung cancer only three months earlier. He requested instead of flowers at his funeral people make donations appeal for a RNLI lifeboat instead, to help save lives at sea.

The station were amazed as donations to it's Just Giving page suddenly started to flood in and, together with other monies delivered to the station by Ruth, Bob’s widow, the total raised was £661.

Steve Griffin, from Rye Harbour RNLI, said: 'Bob, originally from Belvedere in Kent, had been an engineer before retiring to Rye where he had always supported the local RNLI. He was an avid music fan and fly fisherman who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.'

The naming ceremony for the new lifeboat will be held at Rye Harbour on 23 September and everyone is welcome.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. It costs £95,000 a year to operate an inshore lifeboat station like the one at Rye Harbour. People donate and raise money for the RNLI in all sorts of ways. Anyone wanting to find out more can visit their website at www.rnli.org/support-us

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  • Steve Griffin, RNLI Rye Harbour Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07710 297606/ steve.griffin.rnli@outlook.com
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