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Local Golf Clubs support Lytham St Annes RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Lady Captains’ charity aid for the Lifeboat Service

two men, with lifeboat ties on, and a lady pose for the camera.

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Fairhaven Golf Club from left Kevan Waby, Pat Francis, Andy Cunningham

Two of our local Golf Clubs, Fairhaven and St Annes Old Links, are helping to raise funds for the sea charity’s Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station in their respective Lady Captain’s year of Office. With the generous support of their Club members, Fairhaven has already raised a large sum and old Links is taking up the challenge to raise funds with their new Lady Captain taking over in April..

At Fairhaven Golf Club, Ladies Captain Pat Francis chose the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat as her charity over her two years of tenure in the office. Pat retires as Ladies Captain in April 2022 and her last charity event was a coffee morning held at the Club House with an impressive selection of raffle prizes donated by Club members. Members of the Lifeboat Crew attended to support the event. Pat was for many years St Annes Ladies Lifeboat Guild Treasurer and now, since the Guild has joined forces with Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Fundraising Branch, she continues her voluntary work as a donations box collector.

The Lifeboat connections with Fairhaven Golf Club continue as Kevan Waby is the current Seniors Captain and Andy Cunningham is Vice Captain elect. Both are RNLI crew members, being SLARS (Shannon Launch & Recovery vehicle) drivers and head launchers and, of course, great supporters of the local Lifeboat Station.

Taking over as Ladies Captain at St Annes Old Links Golf Club is Hazel Preston, a golfer from a young age when she used to regularly go to the course with her father and mother. Her year in Office starts in April 2022 and her charity is the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat with events being planned throughout the year ahead. Hazel is also Chairman of the Lytham St Annes Ladies’ Lifeboat Luncheon Club which meets at the Clifton Arms, Lytham to raise funds for the local Station. At each convivial monthly meeting, an informative speaker is arranged as well as an excellent luncheon. New members are always welcome.

The Chairman of Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Fundraising Branch, Digby Moulden, praised the contribution the area’s Golf Clubs members make towards saving lives at sea. He added: 'The history of support by the areas golfers goes back to the very start of clubs being established in Lytham and St Annes. Thank you to all members who over the years have contributed to this vital service.'

three men and two ladies smile at the camera

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Lifeboat Crew in support at Fairhaven Golf Club from left Kevan Waby, Sandra Callender, Laurence Foster, Hayley Brown, Simon Brown
a lady looks into the camera

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St Annes Old Links Golf Club Ladies Captain elect Hazel Preston
A lady stands with a backdrop of a Golf Links and signs

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Hazel Preston on the Golf Links

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