Golfers get into the swing to support Whitstable Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Canterbury Golf Club ladies and senior sections got into the swing of things and have raised a total of £7000 for the Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat, with members visiting the station on Friday for a tour and cheque presentation.

Canterbury Golf Club Senior Captain Bruce Maguire and Lady Captain Fran Fearn demonstrate their 'swing' at the presentation of a cheque for £7000 to Whitstble RNLI Lifeboat on Friday morning. Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

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Canterbury Golf Club Senior Captain Bruce Maguire and Lady Captain Fran Fearn demonstrate their 'swing' at the presentation of a cheque for £7000 to Whitstble RNLI Lifeboat on Friday morning. Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

Lady Captain, Fran Fearn, said, “Senior Captain Bruce Maguire and I wanted to do something for a specific local cause and, as our golfers come from around the whole Canterbury area, we decided upon the Whitstable Lifeboat with the full support of our members”.


“The monies were raised as a result of our lady captain's charity day, raffles, a Christmas charity fundraiser and other events that raised £4000, whilst the senior section held raffles, a social evening at the club, a 24-hour ‘golfathon’ and a captain's prize day, which raised the remainder, giving us a total of £7000”.


Mark Laming, Chairman of the Whitstable Lifeboat Management Group said. “This has been a fantastic effort by the golf club and the monies will go towards the continuing running costs of the station. The RNLI, the Whitstable Lifeboat and its volunteer crews are dependent on the continuing financial support given by members of the public, as the institution is separate from the coastguard and independent of government. With Whitstable Lifeboat launching on 38 calls last year, we are most grateful for the support from Canterbury Golf Club and, indeed, from our other supporters for the help given to the charity that saves lives at sea”.

Notes to editors


Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.


The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.


She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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