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Arthur's sail round Wales supports Rhyl RNLI Shannon appeal

Lifeboats News Release

Arthur Davies successfully completed a sail around Wales via sea and canal, to support the charity's appeal for a new fast all-weather lifeboat at Rhyl.

proceeds from round-Wales sail towards the Rhyl Shannon appeal

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Arthur Davies (L) presents £200 cheque to Rhyl RNLI Chairman David Simmons
Arthur retired recently from his role as Harbour Master at Rhyl, and as part of his retirement gift, decide to sail from Rhyl to circumnavigate Wales. Arthur, his wife, and Tony Parvin set off in Arthur's yacht 'Scooby' from Rhyl harbour, travelling by sea to Ellesmere Port, then via rivers and canals to Gloucester, and then around the coast, arriving back in Rhyl on Monday June 25. The effort was to support and raise funds for the RNLI volunteers at Rhyl , who are trying to raise £150,000 towards the Rhyl Shannon appeal. Their adventure has been recorded on the Facebook page .

The epic voyage in such a small vessel was duly completed, and recently Arthur and his wife visited the station to donate £200 to the Shannon appeal. There is still some money to be raised from Arthur's justgiving page, details on his website above.
The picture shows Arthur presenting the cheque to Rhyl RNLI chairman David Simmons recently at the station.
David Simmons said ' We are extremely grateful to Arthur and his shipmates for this generous donation to our Shannon Appeal. The RNLI relies on voluntary contributions and support from seafarers and the public alike'.

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