Masonic support for Eastbourne Lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats welcomed Freemasons to the all-weather lifeboat station on Sunday (2. Dec) and received a generous donation of £1200

Eastbourne RNLI crew receiving a donation from the Royal Connaught Masonic Lodge

RNLI/Bob Jeffery

Eastbourne RNLI crew receiving a donation from the Royal Connaught Masonic Lodge

Worshipful Master Andy Chequers, of The Royal Connaught Lodge No. 2676, and wife Mandy along with fellow members John Laing and Edward Yates presented the cheques to Dr Colin Mckee, Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group. £671 was raised at the Lodge’s Ladies Night with a further donation of £529 being made by Sussex Masonic Charities presented by Chairman and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Michael Harris. Accepting the cheques on behalf of the station Colin said the much appreciated donation will go towards funding the personal protective clothing needed for new crew members in order that they may continue their lifesaving work.

Notes to editors

Eastbourne has celebrated over 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and an inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’.

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