Boat painting raises over £500 for Filey Lifeboat
A boat painting ‘Rusty Coble’ donated by artist Tony Dexter has raised more than £500 for the RNLI Lifeboat in Filey.
The painting of a Filey fishing boat was won by James and Kim Hodgson of the White Lodge Hotel in Filey after an auction organised by Neil’s Gallery run by Gavin and Lisa Wilson.
“Filey is a long standing holiday destination for our family and I’ve always been inspired by the local fishing boats on the Coble Landing. In 2018 Neil’s Gallery sold one of my paintings with £160.00 being donated to the RNLI. This year we wanted to see if we could raise even more money and the Gallery suggested a sealed bid auction.” said Tony
The painting was displayed in the Gallery and people were asked to place their bids throughout September. “As a local Gallery we are delighted to support the RNLI which is a very worthwhile charity and to provide free space for Tony’s painting and run the auction.” says Gavin. “The response and the bidding was excellent and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Filey Lifeboat”
Commenting on his winning bid James said “Kim and I are delighted to have placed the highest bid and that this money will go to support Filey Lifeboat. My Father, Philip Hodgson, was Hon Sec of Filey Lifeboat from 1963-1976 and my mother, Eileen Hodgson was actively involved in the Filey Ladies Lifeboat Guild for 43 years, of which she was President for the last 10 years.
My brother Richard and I are both former crew members. We dedicate the picture to all Filey Lifeboat Sea and Shore Crews and all Volunteer workers past and present. The painting will be displayed in the Hotel for the benefit of our guests and I am sure they will enjoy it.”
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.