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RNLI Kessock Pay Last Respects to Legendary Fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Kessock’s lifeboat, Robert and Isobel Mowat, stood off Kilmuir Cemetery on Monday 25 March as, much-loved fundraiser, Margaret Paterson was laid to rest. As friends and family gathered to celebrate Margaret’s life, Kessock RNLI’s volunteer crew held their Atlantic 85 lifeboat in view as a final

Picture courtesy of SPP

Margaret Paterson (98 at time of picture) being presented with Honorary Life Governor Award

Margaret Paterson continued to raise funds for the RNLI in Kessock even as she passed the landmark age of 100. On her 100th birthday alone Margaret raised over £1000 of donations from those gathering to celebrate her centenary. Margaret’s dedication to the RNLI spanned over 60 years and saw her honoured by the institution in 2015 as she was made an Honorary Life Governor.

Margaret moved with her husband and young family to North Kessock in 1945 and lived in the area throughout her life. A well-known and much-loved figure in the local community Margaret was in fact the original founder of North Kessock’s fundraising branch. Margaret was inspired to start the branch after attending a talk about the RNLI’s work at her local Women’s Institute.

Speaking about Margaret and her dedication to the RNLI, Alan McDiarmid, Chairman of Kessock RNLI Lifeboat Station said: “The respectful approach of the lifeboat to stand off the village of Kilmuir just below the cemetery was as poignant a moment as I’ve ever seen in 26 years with the RNLI, a powerful tribute to a woman whose contribution was outstanding.

“This was a tribute from the Kessock crew as a mark of gratitude and respect for her work. Margaret’s family all looked to the sea; with her husband and two sons all having maritime careers.

“Margaret’s sense of humour is what will be missed as much as anything else, she had a knack of winning people over which she used well in her work as a fundraiser. She was immensely proud of the fact that a lifeboat station was established in North Kessock and she developed a firm working partnership with the station which holds well to this day. Angus Watson, Engineering and Asset Management Director for the RNLI, started his RNLI career at Invergordon and was a founding member of North Kessock in 1993. In passing condolences to the family Angus talked about Margaret welcoming the young and enthusiastic team to the RNLI family and how that special type of bond characterised all she did.”

Everyone at Kessock RNLI wishes to convey their condolences to Margaret’s family and to assure them that she will be greatly missed by all volunteer crew and branch members, past and present.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact:

Dan Holland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Kessock, 07900 567 496 dnjholland@me.com

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

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