Mrs. Brown stuns Rhyl RNLI station ... and not with her language!
Mrs Brown star Brendan O’Carroll made a shock donation to Rhyl RNLI during a performance of his live ‘Good Mourning Mrs. Brown’ show at the Pavilion Theatre.
The lifeboat crew at Rhyl RNLI had written a letter asking if the cast would like to visit the station, located about 400m from the theatre. They spoke of the exciting times ahead for the station, which in December received news they were to be allocated a new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat to replace the 26-year old existing Mersey class lifeboat.
Mr O'Carroll replied to say that the cast could not attend the station due to their busy schedule, but were more than happy for fundraisers to collect with buckets in the theatre foyer after the show.
The fundraisers duly turned up just before the final curtain, and the whole theatre was taken unawares when Mr. O'Carroll mentioned the RNLI and said that he would donate £10,000 to boost the coffers. The collection in the foyer also raised over £600.
Martin Jones, Rhyl Coxswain says: 'We never expected Mrs. Brown to help our volunteers in this way, and we are both thrilled and proud that the cast thought of us. The donation will give a real boost to the station and help us continue saving lives at sea at Rhyl.'
He continued: 'We could have included a few foul-mouthed quotes as is usual from Mrs. Brown, but this generosity has left everyone dumbstruck!'
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