Sewing 'Super-Mave' raises £22,000 for Whitby RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

Mavis Paling, 72, has been tirelessly sewing and selling dog bandanas for the last few years to raise money for the RNLI and has now turned her hand to face masks.

Mavis Paling, 72 from Whitby sewing face masks to raise funds for Whitby RNLI.
Mavis Paling, 72 from Whitby sewing face masks to raise funds for Whitby RNLI.
With her usual selling spots closed, such as her daughter's pub, the Black Horse in Whitby, and fundraising events cancelled, Mavis decided to come up with another way of fund raising for the charity.

She recently donated 30 face masks featuring an anchor pattern to the Whitby RNLI volunteer crew, and has sold a further 120 for a pound each, these latest sales sent her total to an amazing £22,000.

Mavis' daughter Sue said: 'We've nicknamed her 'Super-Mave' as she has sewn literally hundreds of dog bandanas and now face masks, we would like to thank those who have kindly donated fabric to Mavis to help her in her fund raising efforts.'

Howard Fields Whitby RNLI Coxswain said: 'Thank you Mavis from us all at Whitby RNLI, what an incredible achievement for one person to raise such a staggering amount, without people like Mavis we wouldn't be able to operate, and continue to save lives at sea.'

For more information please contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com.

Mavis Paling, 72 from Whitby sewing face masks to raise funds for Whitby RNLI.
Mavis Paling, 72 from Whitby sewing face masks to raise funds for Whitby RNLI.
Mavis Paling, 72 from Whitby sewing face masks to raise funds for Whitby RNLI.
Mavis Paling, 72 from Whitby sewing face masks to raise funds for Whitby RNLI.
Face masks donated by Mavis Paling to Whitby RNLI
Face masks donated by Mavis Paling to Whitby RNLI
Face masks donated by Mavis Paling to Whitby RNLI
Face masks donated by Mavis Paling to Whitby RNLI

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Face masks sewn by Mavis Paling for Whitby RNLI

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