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Fleetwood RNLI to attend memorial service for Hambleton supporter

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 12 March, at 10:30am, there will be a memorial service for RNLI supporter, the late Madge Parkinson. The service, which will be held at The Blessed Mary Virgin, on Church Lane in Hambleton, will be attended by Coxswain Gary Randles, from Fleetwood RNLI.

Madge, who was 99 years old when she passed away, lived with her two brothers in Hambleton. In her will, she bequeathed £88,000 to the volunteers of the Fleetwood lifeboat team.

Gary Randles said:‘This is an absolutely magnificent donation to the Fleetwood lifeboat crew. All bequests and donations, big or small, are important to the RNLI and help keep the station and crew fully prepared for saving lives at sea. But this is a fantastic gesture from Madge. We are all very grateful.’

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please contact Ken Harcombe, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07970 197195 / Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager, North, on 07786 668912/ Or, Clare Hopps, RNLI Public Relations Officer North, on 07824 518641/

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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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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