Rhyl RNLI volunteers have a visit from Wigan SCUBA diving club.
On Sunday 29 April 2018, the SC Divers club visited the station to present a cheque, which was the result of a charity auction night.
One of the club members was Alf Draper, whose brother John sadly passed away last year. John had been a member of Rhyl lifeboat crew for over 20 years, being a crew member on the inshore and all-weather lifeboats, but mostly as assistant tractor driver of the all-weather lifeboat's launching tractor. This was one of the reasons the club decided to donate the money to Rhyl station.
Also present were some of John's family, including his eldest daughter LLinos Garrod Draper. They were all met by the station's deputy second Coxswain and Press Officer Paul Frost MBE, who was a close and personal friend to the late John.
Alf Draper said ' As a club, we are proud to honour my brother who loved the RNLI in Rhyl, and we are delighted the money will go to the new lifeboat appeal'.
Paul Frost says ' As a charity, we rely on voluntary contributions, and I am pleased that Alf and John's family wished to donate to the Rhyl station, and the appeal in particular'
After the presentation, the club left for a group dive in lakes in Llanberis in Snowdonia.
The attached picture shows Station RNLI Operations Manager Darrel Crowther, receiving the cheque on behalf of the station, watched by club members and some of the station's crew.
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