Pebble Painting at RNLI Support Centre for Rye Harbour Mary Stanford memorial
This project is reaching its climax and has involved many parts of the community in Sussex and Kent.
The RNLI is a large family of like-minded people and the Support Centre in Poole asked to be involved to honour the gallant crew who lost their lives in 1928. There is a memorial at the Support Centre which is a tribute to all the lifeboat men who have lost their lives from all the lifeboat stations around the country.
Pebble workshops took place throughout the day drawing in people from all departments including Engineering, Reception, Events, Media and many more. There was a creative hush as people really concentrated on their designs. The end results were really creative and colourful and will be a great addition to the pebble memorial.
The Heritage Department provided a very interesting display of old photographs, newspapers of the day and documents. This was very popular and everyone took a great interest and learnt about the history behind the story. It is important that these documents are shared and studied by a wider audience and not just held in the archives. It worked really well and gave a solemnity to the day.
Mark Dowie, RNLI CEO, who painted one of the pebbles, said, “It was a privilege for staff at the RNLI Support Centre to be able to contribute to the Rye Harbour memorial. I greatly enjoyed painting my own pebble and the overall result will be a colourful and creative way of remembering great sacrifice. I look forward to being with the Rye Harbour RNLI volunteers when the memorial is unveiled in November. Thank you to everyone involved!”
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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.