Rotary Club support for Falmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Rotary Club of Falmouth has donated £1200 to the Falmouth RNLI appeal and a cheque was presented recently to Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston by Rotary Club President Paul Wyatt at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth.

Rotary Club of Falmouth cheque presentation to Falmouth RNLI

Peter Griffiths

Paul Wyatt (left) presenting Falmouth Coxswain Jonathan Blakeston with the cheque at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth

Rotary Club member Keith Collins, who is also a member of Falmouth RNLI Community Sea Safety Team, said: ‘The Rotary Club of Falmouth does an annual Christmas collection in the town and around the streets with our float. Each year we nominate two charities to collect for and last Christmas it was decided that it would be Falmouth RNLI and the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Just under £3000 was raised with £1200 given to each of the two charities and the remainder to the Rotary Club charities. The reason that Falmouth RNLI was chosen was the fact that there is an appeal underway to help with the cost of housing a new inshore lifeboat and also because several of our members are sailors.’

He added: ‘The RNLI in Falmouth is so gratefully respected by all.'

Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston said: ‘On behalf of the appeal and everybody at Falmouth Lifeboat Station, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Falmouth for their fantastic support and donation. It will help us continue saving lives at sea.’

Notes to editors

  • The photo shows Paul Wyatt (left) presenting Falmouth Coxswain Jonathan Blakeston with the cheque at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth. Credit: Peter Griffiths
  • The Falmouth RNLI Appeal was launched in March 2017 with the aim of raising money towards the cost of alterations and improvements needed at the lifeboat station ahead of the arrival of their new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat.

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