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!'
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, in a normal year, 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.