Walmer RNLI supported by a Gift in Memory

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at Walmer RNLI have been supported by a generous donation from the family of a long-serving Kent Fundraiser.

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Walmer RNLI recently welcomed Tony Bedwell and his son Andrew to the station. Tony has made a donation in memory of his late wife Maureen, who dedicated 42 years of service, often single-handedly, to the Sevenoaks and District Branch of the RNLI. The station was chosen as Tony had a connection with Walmer having been to the town during the Second World War. During their visit, Tony and Andrew were given a tour of the station’s lifeboats, Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and D Class Duggie Rodbard II and shown memorial plaques to Maureen on the wall of the station and on the console of our Atlantic lifeboat. Volunteers at Walmer and the Institution offer their sincere thanks for their generosity.

Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

Photo 1 Mr Tony Bedwell and his son, Andrew at Walmer LBS

Photo 2 The plaque In Memory in the station's Atlantic 85

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