Fugro GeoServices personnel visit Falmouth lifeboat station,
Two representatives from Fugro GeoServices present a cheque
Two representatives of the GeoServices Company were at the station to present a cheque to Falmouth Lifeboats to bolster the appeal, launched that morning, to raise £100k to help towards the cost of refurbishing the boathouse. The refurbishment is needed to make alterations so that a new and larger inshore lifeboat can be accommodated.
Paul Wickes, the vice chairman of the appeal fund stated: 'The Falmouth RNLI Station 150 Appeal is delighted to receive the donation from Amy and Kevin on behalf of Fugro GeoServices. This is the first local donation to our Appeal and very timely given this is the first day of the one year appeal. The committee are hugely grateful to the fantastic team at Fugro GeoServices; this was a company-wide fundraising event which all staff participated in. We are proud of their efforts and we hope this is the first of many more local fundraising activities for the larger station.'
The money (£1820.25p) was raised by members of the company at an annual barbecue held at their factory in Falmouth and was presented to Paul Wickes MBE, Vice chair of the appeal for funds for refurbishment, Brenda Grieve, Treasurer of the Guild and Fundraising Committee and John Blakeston, senior coxswain and mechanic of the lifeboats. Presenting the cheque from Fugro GeoServices were Amy Bennett and Kevin Billing.
This company donated a similar amount two years ago and so Falmouth lifeboats are extremely grateful for the current donation coming at a time when funds for the work on the lifeboat station are sorely needed. This has been a good start for the £100k funding appeal.
Notes to editors
- The photograph shows Amy and Kevin handing over the cheque to members of Falmouth lifeboat.
- They are in order from left to right Kevin Billing, Paul Wickes, Brenda Grieve, Amy Bennett and John Blakeston.
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