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Midlands RNLI supporters help Rhyl station's Shannon Lifeboat appeal.

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The charity's supporters in the central England area have always been staunch supporters of the RNLI, with Stafford and Rugeley branch closely linked with Rhyl station for over 35 years.

Stafford and Rugeley branch 28/10/18

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Donation of £300 to Rhyl Shannon appeal by Mrs. Napier.
One of the mainstays of the branch was Mr. Iain Napier. Sadly, he passed away this year. He had been associated with chairman Eric Woods and the branch for many years. The branch had raised funds to provide a new inshore lifeboat at Rhyl in the 1980's, and their support continues to this day.
A collection was taken at Mr. Napier's funeral; and as a result; £300.00 was donated by Mrs. Napier to station coxswain Martin Jones recently at the boathouse. The money will go towards the station's appeal to raise £150,000 towards the cost of the new Shannon lifeboat, due to arrive in Rhyl in the Autumn of 2019.
Martin said ' The Stafford and Rugeley branch have always been great supporters of the RNLI and Rhyl station in particular, and we are very grateful to Mrs. Napier for this donation'.
Rhyl station is really excited to have been allocated the new fast Shannon lifeboat, continuing the proud tradition of saving lives at sea since 1854. In 2019, the crew will undergo intense training to prepare themselves for the new craft and it's operating systems and launch equipment. This will be faster than the existing Mersey lifeboat, which has been in Rhyl for 27 years, and will provide the crew with a quicker means to get to the scene of a rescue.
Mrs. Napier and her family are pictured on board the station's existing lifeboat, with existing and potential crew looking on. The second picture shows Mr. and Mrs. Napier on board the present Rhyl Lifeboat in a previous year, with Stafford and Rugeley chairman Eric Woods.

Stafford and Rugeley branch RNLI

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L-R . Eric Woods, Mrs and Mr Napier on board Rhyl lifeboat 12-24 'Lil Cunningham'

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