RNLI receives £2500 to digitise records in the charity’s archive

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The RNLI’s Heritage team has received a gift of £2,500 from The Patron’s Fund.

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Her Majesty The Queen, the Patron of the RNLI, visiting St Ives RNLI
The money will be used to catalogue and digitise records in the charity’s archive relating to its patrons from 1824 to the present day.

These records include letters, photographs and other documents which will aid our understanding of the important role of patron and enable us to celebrate, preserve and make available details of this important part of our heritage.

The Patron’s Fund is a charitable fund that was set up to acknowledge the work of charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday last year.

As Queen Elizabeth II has been the RNLI’s Patron since 1952, the charity was able to apply for funding.

RNLI Heritage Archive and Research Manager Hayley Whiting said: “The RNLI has had a Royal patron since its foundation in 1824. Royal connections go back even further with Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI, having been equerry to Prince Augustus Frederick, son of George III.

“The gift from the Patron’s Fund will enable the Heritage Team to make the important and fascinating archive records relating to our patrons widely available and to preserve them for future generations. The gift from the Patron’s Fund makes an important contribution to the development of the RNLI Archive.”

Around £750,000 was made available through the Fund, money that was generously donated from a range of supporters and from the profits from the Patron’s Lunch event held on The Mall. The money has been shared equally between almost 300 successful applicants from the UK and the Commonwealth.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said: “The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support the RNLI with its valuable work. The RNLI is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.”

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