Falmouth Lifeboat Station receives generous gift from local sailor’s legacy
Falmouth Lifeboat Station recently received a generous bequest to the station on behalf of the local, late, Peter Webb.
Having grown up in Falmouth, Peter Webb spent a great deal of his time on the sea in one form or another. A Chief Engineer by trade, he worked away on sea-oil platforms near Aberdeen. Once he retired, he moved back to Cornwall, settling in Mylor Bridge and buying a boat in the local harbour to spend as much of his retirement as possible out on the waters around Falmouth.
Before he died, Peter was keen to leave a substantial sum of money to his local RNLI station in Falmouth. As his sister Sue said, ‘As a sailing man, Peter knew that everyone who heads out on the water relies on the RNLI. He was a generous man, and wanted to ensure his legacy was that of helping others on the sea for years to come,’
Sue met with representatives of Falmouth Lifeboat Station to present them with the cheque, from the legacy of Peter’s estate. Last July, Falmouth’s crew were able to assist Peter’s family with the scattering of his ashes from the lifeboat into the seas where he used to sail so frequently.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Lewis said of the donation:
"It never ceases to amaze me of the generosity of individuals in the UK given the number of charitable organisations and the choice of the RNLI. In Falmouth we are very lucky and can't thank Sue and her brother Peter Webb enough for this very generous donation."
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.