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Generous ‘Paper Boy’ donates his yearly wage to the Penlee Lifeboat Station fund

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David Rickard from Honiton in Devon makes a donation to charity each year in memory of his late mother, Mary Rickard, who died one day before her 95th birthday nine years ago.

David, now 75yrs, does a weekly paper round for five hours on a Wednesday to raise the money. He always chooses a Cornish based charity as his mother lived in the St Austell area all her life. In previous years he has given money to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, the Precious Lives Appeal and to Padstow RNLI. For the last three years David has nominated the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal, raising an amazing £4.000 in memory of his late mother.

David will be visiting Penlee Lifeboat Station, possibly for the last time, on Thursday 26 January, where he will present a cheque for £1,500 to Patch Harvey, RNLI Coxswain and members of the Penlee team.

Coxswain Patch Harvey said, ‘We are all thrilled that David has chosen to make his generous donation to the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal. He has supported our lifeboat for the last three years and we are extremely grateful. The fact that he is still doing his paper round and donating his wages to the RNLI is heart-warming.’

Notes to Editor

  • David Rickard will be available for interview and photographs at 12:30pm on Thursday 26 January at Penlee Lifeboat Station, Newlyn, TR18 5HW.

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