Exmouth Lifeboat supporter donates £500 for her 90th birthday

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Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Supporter Myrt Clark recently donated £500 to the local charity in lieu of presents for her 90th birthday this July.

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Myrt visits Exmouth Lifeboat Station for her tour

Myrt came to Exmouth Lifeboat Station on Saturday 3 August 2019 where she, and her nephew Geoff Searle, an avid RNLI supporter himself, were given a special tour of the station and its two Lifeboats, the all-weather lifeboat R & J Welburn and the inshore lifeboat George Bearman II.

Geoff said:

'My Aunt has lived in Crediton all her life and loves Exmouth. She has never been to sea but has always admired the RNLI and has donated for many years. She didn’t want anything big for her 90th birthday so we decided to donate to Exmouth Lifeboat for her, which she was thrilled with! We were pleased to donate £500 towards the cost of Exmouth crew training.

'We did the same for her 80th, which was when the new station had just been built but wasn’t yet operational. She met the then Coxswain, Tim Mock, and donated money which paid for cutlery and crockery for the crew room for their new base.

'She had a lovely time yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed her tour of the Lifeboat Station, Pauline, the Tour Guide who showed her around was wonderful, and crew Tom Hartnell was a big hit with her!'

Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Gall, said:

'This was a lovely gesture and very generous donation made to Exmouth RNLI by Myrt and I would like to thank her on behalf of the Exmouth RNLI volunteers. I’m pleased she enjoyed her tour of the station and hope she had a very enjoyable birthday.'

Myrt was the first to use Exmouth RNLI’s new Facebook page ‘Donate Now’ link that allows users to make direct donations to our charity that relies on such support to allow its volunteers to continue its quest to save lives at sea.

Anyone wishing to use the direct donation link on our Facebook page will find it on our Exmouth RNLI page here: https://www.facebook.com/ExmouthRNLI/

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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 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 142,200 lives.

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Myrt visits the Exmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat, R & J Welburn

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Myrt visits the crew kit room at Exmouth Lifeboat Station

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.

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