Walton and Frinton RNLI quiz tribute to dedicated RNLI supporter

Lifeboats News Release

Walton and Frinton RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Guild are holding a quiz night as a tribute to one of their most passionate supporters.

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Quiz master John Rayner with RNLI mascot Stormy Stan
When well known local quiz master John Rayner died suddenly in December 2018 his family were astonished to find that he had already prepared his next quiz for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, even though it was still months away.

A family spokesman said: 'John was always dedicated to raising money for the RNLI and when we checked his office we found that he had already prepared the quiz for the spring. We immediately decided that it should go ahead as a fitting tribute to his years of hard work for the cause he loved to support.

'Over many years John had hosted countless quizzes, asking in excess of twenty-thousand questions and raising a fantastic £47,500 for the RNLI so we would like to add to that one last time for him. Our ambition is to take his final total up to £50,000 with this event.'

Commenting Richard Wyatt, Chairman of Walton and Frinton RNLI Fundraising Guild said: 'John has been a key figure in fundraising for the RNLI at our station for as long as I can remember, he will be greatly missed by all of us.'

The event is being held at Frinton Golf Club on Saturday April 27 2019. Tickets are £6 per person and should be purchased in advance from the fundraising team on 07759114260.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or email Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or email Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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