Surprise donation for Rhyl RNLI Volunteers
Mrs. Margaret Lockwood presents crew with cheque as a donation from the proceeds of her 80th birthday party in Stoke-on-Trent.
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.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.