Distinguished Artist donates work to Exmouth RNLI
A popular and distinguished artist from Topsham who specialises in Marine Art has donated one of his amazing paintings for the benefit of Exmouth RNLI.
David Chambers, of the Estuary Gallery, Topsham visited the Lifeboat Station in Queens Drive, Exmouth last weekend where he formally donated the painting. David and members of his family also enjoyed a guided tour of the Lifeboat Station and its equipment.
David said, “My love of Marine Art started as a teenager, with close relatives who were marine artists. My love of the world at sea led me to join the Royal Navy, later transferring to the Royal Marines. That’s when I came to know Exmouth and have since travelled widely pursuing my passion. I once visited Ameland where there a reconstruction of a lifeboat rescue with using horses and led to the painting I donated. I have total respect for the RNLI, its volunteer crew and staff and especially the fact that it’s a charity organisation funded wholly by donations from the public. I’m very pleased to donate this painting for this very worthwhile cause”
John Thorogood of the Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee said, “This really is a very powerful and dynamic piece of art donated to us by David and we are extremely grateful for his generosity. We will be deciding in the near future how best to raise funds from it and will publicise details in due course.”
David is currently working on a ‘Shannon Class at Sea’ painting that he intends to donate to Exmouth RNLI next year.
Photograph : David Chambers hands over his painting to Rory Carrig, Chair, Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Committee and Simon Davidson, Chair of the Lifeboat Management Group. (L to R) Rory Carrig, David Chambers, Simon Davidson. All photographs credited Exmouth RNLI.
For more information please telephone John Thorogood, Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Press Officer on 07946 466465 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Press Officer, on 07837 810082 or email@example.com.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.