Clacton RNLI receive share of public generosity in wake of tragic death

Lifeboats News Release

Clacton RNLI receives a share of £4,420 raised through a Just Giving page set up by Lisa-Marie Thor in wake of tragic death off the Clacton coast.

Lisa-Marie Thor presenting cheque to volunteer crew members

RNLI/Richard Wigley

Lisa-Marie Thor presenting cheque to volunteer crew members
Lisa was greeted by volunteer crew members when on a Sunday morning she arrived to present a cheque for a share of the £4,420 raised, which is being split between Clacton RNLI, East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the family of Ben Quartermaine.

Lisa said; ‘I couldn’t begin to imagine what the family were going through and felt that I needed to do something for the family and those involved in saving the life of Ben’s friend and in the search for Ben himself’. She went on to say; ‘I’m so thankful for everyone’s donations and to see that as a community everyone coming together with love and support for the family of Ben which has touched the hearts of so many people’.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Wells was very thankful of the generosity of the community and that of the wider public in the wake of recent tragic events, he went on to say; ‘Even though I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication of our fundraising team, there is something very special when a member of the community like Lisa-Marie Thor independently raises funds for our life saving work, as it feels as though we are truly anchored in the local community’.

As a charity watching over 19,000 miles of coastline the RNLI rely mainly on donations to operate 238 lifeboat stations, providing a 100-mile ring of safety around the UK and Ireland.

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