Gravesend lifeboat receives donation from Cannon Lodge Freemasons

Lifeboats News Release

The Cannon Lodge No. 1539 of Freemasons have very kindly made a £1000 donation to Gravesend RNLI.

Jonathan Vowles on behalf of The Cannon Lodge handing a cheque over for £1000 to Chris Maher, volunteer Helmsman at Gravesend RNLI

RNLI/Alan Carr

Jonathan Vowels presenting the cheque to Chris Maher

This donation was part of the annual charitable contribution and Gravesend lifeboat was one of three charities chosen. Being chosen in recognition of the work we do providing a rescue service on the River Thames.

The cheque was presented by Jonathan Vowles, on behalf of The Cannon Lodge to Chris Maher, who is a volunteer Helmsman at Gravesend Lifeboat Station.

Notes to editors

Gravesend is one of four lifeboat stations on the River Thames that are operated by the RNLI. Gravesend Lifeboat covers an area from Holehaven, at the western end of Canvey Island, to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 26 miles. A patch which covers Kent, Essex, South & East London.


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