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Surprise donation for Rhyl RNLI Volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Mrs. Margaret Lockwood presents crew with cheque as a donation from the proceeds of her 80th birthday party in Stoke-on-Trent.

Mrs. Lockwood of Stoke-on-Trent, presents cheque to crew. L-R Dave Clark, Mrs. Lockwood, Derek Denton

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Surprise donation for Rhyl RNLI volunteers

Mrs. Lockwood, who is staying at a friend's caravan in Whitehouse Leisure park in Towyn, turned up at the RNLI shop alongside Rhyl lifeboat station recently. She wished to present the station with a cheque for £250, being half the proceeds of her birthday presents.

Mrs. Lockwood was not familiar with Rhyl, and it took her and her friends a while to actually identify where the lifeboat station was, but her quest was eventually successful. She was introduced to the crew who were at the station, and the cheque was handed over to Rhyl RNLI Visits officer Derek Denton, watched by fellow crew member David Clark.

Paul Frost MBE, acting duty coxswain, thanked Mrs. Lockwood for her donation, saying ' The crew were surprised and honoured to accept the gift, which will be used towards the everyday upkeep of the station. We thank Mrs. Lockwood very much.'

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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.

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