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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat benefits from an old seaman’s last request

Lifeboats News Release

A Medway seafaring family carried out their fathers request for donations to be made to the RNLI

After a lifetime spent in the maritime industry Robert Goldshaw aged 91 from Strood died on the 26 November after a long illness.

Robert’s last request was that all donations and contributions made after his death were to be donated to the RNLI.

On Sunday 22 January members of Robert’s family who have continued the family tradition of working at sea visited the Sheerness RNLI boathouse where they handed over a cheque for £226.55p to Andy Wilmore who is the Chairman of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat management committee.

On behalf of Robert’s son Trevor and daughter June, son in law Mick Bearman said: ‘all the family have always been and still are involved in the maritime industry and we all appreciate the commitment made by the crews of the RNLI lifeboats throughout the country’

On behalf of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat Andy Wilmore replied:’ we are really grateful for all donations however large or small and the money from Robert’s family will be well spent replacing necessary lifesaving equipment’


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