Making quilts and saving lives at Margate

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI lifeboat station has benefitted to the tune of £2,500 thanks to the efforts of Thanet Quilters

Thanet Quilters cheque presentation to Margate RNLI (Thanet Quilters)

Thanet Quilters

Thanet Quilters cheque presentation to Margate RNLI (Thanet Quilters)

Formed in 1991, Thanet Quilters is the umbrella organisation for all the patchwork and quilting groups in the Thanet area of east Kent. Its membership of around 100 meets regularly in Birchington where they share their experiences and arrange events around the subject of quilting including workshops, auctions and sales of their work.

The group is particularly active supporting local charities and in 2017 Margate RNLI were honoured to be chosen as their charity of the year, the RNLI has been chosen again as their charity in 2018.

Recently, a presentation was held at one of their meetings where Carol James, Thanet Quilters Chairperson presented a cheque for £2,500, the result of their fundraising efforts to Margate lifeboat Coxswain Kevin Andrews and Deputy Launching Authority Ian Lowe representing Margate lifeboat station.

Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Margate lifeboat said: “The group have attended some of our events and have become good friends to the station, we are honoured to be their charity for both last year and again in 2018.

“The RNLI relies entirely on the goodwill of its supporters and charitable donations from the public and this donation will help us carry out our work of saving life at sea.”

For further information on Thanet Quilters see

Photo: Carol James presents the cheque to Ian Lowe, Deputy Launching Authority (left) and Kevin Andrews, Coxswain (right).


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  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304

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