Overall, a welcome contribution for Margate RNLI!

Lifeboats News Release

The generosity of a local building contractor has resulted in the supplying of work overalls for Margate’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew.

Presentation of the cheque by WW Martin Ltd

RNLI Margate

Presentation of the cheque by WW Martin Ltd

The RNLI provide personal protection equipment in the form of protective clothing for both their seagoing and shore-based volunteers, but some duties require more basic protection.

Thanet-based builder WW Martin was approached by Derek Amas one of its employees who is also one of the lifeboat’s second coxswains and the company stepped in to provide funding for protective work overalls for the station’s 30-odd volunteers. WW Martin Ltd contributed £250 with a similar amount donated by WW Martin Civils Ltd. The amount was also topped up by a generous £50 donation by Anthony Glew of Glew Fencing Ltd.

Ian Posnett, Director, WW Martin Ltd said: “The commitment and hard work shown by all of the crew at Margate Lifeboat Station is commendable, the passion and commitment they show in their roles is admirable and on behalf of WW Martin I am delighted to support their work”

Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Margate Lifeboat Station said: “Support from the local community is crucial for us to carry out our voluntary work and this seemingly simple item of equipment will help prolong the life of the more expensive specialist PPE when carrying out basic duties around the station. We are very grateful for the support of WW Martin.

Photo caption: Ian Posnett and Mike Darling, Directors, WW Martin Ltd (centre left) present the cheque to Kevin Andrews, Coxswain, Margate Lifeboat.


RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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