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Port Talbot lose a super RNLI fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI are mourning the loss of a truly remarkable supporter in Mrs Jean Jones, who has sadly passed away.

Mrs Jean Jones at the Port Talbot lifeboat station.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

A True RNLI Supporter

Jean began fundraising for the RNLI 54 years ago when a lifeboat station was first established in Port Talbot in 1966. As there was no souvenir shop attached to the station, Jean took it upon herself to get supplies from the RNLI and sold them to friends and family from the spare bedroom in her house.

When a new station was built and opened in 1999, there was a shop facility attached to it. At this time a fundraising committee was formed and Jean took on the role of shop manager. Throughout the 54 years, Jean took part in countless fundraising events and helped to raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI and Port Talbot Lifeboat Station.

Sadly Jean became ill and had to give up her fundraising duties but continued to support the lifeboat station as much as she could. Over the years Jean was honoured with the RNLI's Bronze, Silver and Gold badges together with the Institution's 'Thanks on Vellum' for her services to the charity. Jean will be sadly missed by all at the station and the many friends she made over the years.

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