‘Lester’ painting donated to RNLI Cromer
RNLI Cromer was contacted recently by Peter Waterman, a long time follower of the RNLI who had painted Cromers all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’ on the slipway.
During his travels around the country, he visited as many stations as he could before the restrictions imposed by the Covid Pandemic.
So far Peter has completed seven other paintings for stations in the south east of England. These stations include Grays, Lowestoft, Skegness etc. Peters efforts are aimed at stations auctioning the paintings to raise money for the RNLI.
The painting Peter donated of Southends RNLI lifeboat was auctioned at a Charity evening held by the station there in January 2020 and raised £220 for the RNLI.
His painting was accepted gratefully by John Redmond and Rob Park of RNLI Cromer and will help raise valuable funds later this year or next.
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.