RNLI Rye Harbour benefits from festive traditions

Lifeboats News Release

Ron Baker has been selling mistletoe for over twelve years in the pubs local to him and has raised many thousands of pounds for RNLI Rye Harbour

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Ron Baker and his wife in pre-Covid days at Rye Harbour

The mistletoe is donated by Penshurst Place Estate each year and we are really grateful both to the estate and to Ron for taking the time to sell it. Of course this year, against the background of Covid-19, it has been more difficult to sell because the pubs have been closed but this has not deterred Ron who still managed to raise funds for the RNLI by selling in different ways. He is such a well-known figure locally and his jolly banter was certainly missed this year during the festive season.

Palace Estates General Manager, Ben Thomas, said, ‘It is our pleasure to donate Penshurst Place Estate mistletoe to the RNLI and we hope that the sale of this magnificent festive plant has helped the RNLI collect some much-needed funds to aid their excellent charitable work and all of the many people they help.’

The UK tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is thought to have started in the 1700s, but it became much more popular throughout the 1800s.

Donations enable the RNLI to carry on their sterling work of Saving Lives at Sea.


Paul Barsby

Mistletoe at Penshurst Place

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Penshurst Place in the snow

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