Mablethorpe RNLI receives donation in memory of family member

Lifeboats News Release

On 7 July 2019, crew members from Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mablethorpe were delighted to welcome Mrs Josephine Lowes to the lifeboat station when she presented a very generous donation of £740 in memory of her late husband, Philip.

Lowes family members presenting donation to RNLI Mablethorpe

Mr Graham West, Lowes family friend

Lowes family members presenting donation to RNLI Mablethorpe

Josephine’s father was a Coastguard and a lifeboat crew member, and she spent some time living in the coastguard cottage in Mablethorpe.

Philip Lowes worked on the land in Lincolnshire from age 17 before moving to Leicestershire to gain better employment. He became foreman of a wood company working there for 40 years and then spent his last 15 years of his working life in the building trade, retiring at age 65.

He was the youngest son of 15 children and originally came from nearby Alford. Josephine and her sister were both married to brothers of the Lowes family. Josephine and Philip were married in 1968 and have two children and one granddaughter.

The family always wanted to move back to Lincolnshire where they have so many memories.

Mark Chambers, Volunteer Deputy Launching Authority for RNLI Mablethorpe said: ‘We are very grateful for this donation which will help us continue to save lives at sea. We are particularly moved when such donations are in the memory of a family member with a connection to the sea.'


The photograph shows the presentation of the donation at RNLI Mablethorpe by members of the Lowes family. From left to right: Mark Chambers, RNLI Mablethorpe; Mrs Dorothy Mapplethorpe; Mr Charlie Lowes; Mrs Grace Lowes; Mr Neil Lowes; Ms Karen Huton; Mrs Janet Reddish; Ms Tammie Lowes; Mrs Josephine Lowes; Mr John Lowes; Dale Chapman, RNLI Mablethorpe; Eddie Edwards, RNLI Mablethorpe. Photo credit: Mr Graham West, Lowes family friend.

Notes to editors

  • Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station was established in 1883 with the existing station being built in 2001
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