Rhyl RNLI volunteers get two surprises to help their Shannon Lifeboat appeal.
The crew are actively trying to raise £150,000 as their part in raising funds for the new boat and launching equipment, due in Autumn 2019.
The first donation came as a result of the crew agreeing to scatter a Rhyl-born lady's ashes. Susan Edwards (nee Gurney) came from an old Rhyl family, but had moved to Winsford, Cheshire. Her wish was for her ashes to be scattered at sea at the place she always loved, by the shore in Rhyl. Coxswain Martin Jones and the crew were more than happy to grant her wish. Under the command of Duty Coxswain Andrew Wilde, the inshore lifeboat launched on Saturday 16 June, and Susan's ashes were scattered just off the boathouse, watched by Jane Garstang and other members of the family from Rhyl and beyond. At the end of the service, the family presented Andrew with the results of a collection towards the Shannon lifeboat appeal totalling £522.50.
On Sunday 24 June, the station had a visit from Elsa and Bodhi Hayhurst from Stoke-on-Trent. The children had walked up Snowdon to help raise funds for the Shannon appeal and had come from their home to personally present the crew with their donation of £40.
Coxswain Martin Jones says ' The volunteer crew of Rhyl RNLI station are so humbled and thrilled that these people wanted to support our charity, and particularly the appeal. We are continuously astounded by the generosity of the community to rally round the station and help raise funds, and we thank them all very much'.
The first photo shows the flowers laid on the site of the scattering of ashes by Rhyl inshore lifeboat crew.
The second photo shows Elsa and Bodhi and their parents, presenting Coxswain Martin Jones with their donation, watched by other crew members.
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