Lifesaving Legacy for Aberystwyth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The family of Newtown man Peter Jones, who bequeathed a legacy of £300,000 to the RNLI in his will, have presented a cheque to Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Presentaion of memorial plaque to family members of Peter Jones following legacy donation of £300,000 to Aberystwyth Lifeboat Stationer Jones outside Lifeboat station

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Presentation of memorial Plaque to family of Peter Jones

Although Peter Martin Jones lived in Newtown, he was a regular visitor to Aberystwyth Harbour and long-standing supporter of the RNLI. Well-known and respected within the harbour community, he always enjoyed exchanging ideas with local boat owners and fishermen and helping with engineering problems where needed.

Peter studied for a Diploma in Agricultural Science at the National College of Agriculture in Cirencester. spent most of his working life as an agricultural representative for two large agricultural merchants – Burgess of Newtown and Jones & Co of Welshpool. He became a respected figure amongst the farming community.

Peter passed away on the 10th of March 2020 and the committal of ashes at sea took place at Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station on the 4th of June 2021 in accordance with his wishes.

In response to the legacy, Aberystwyth Branch Chairman Mark Morgan MNM said:

“As a fellow Newtownian and family friend I am so proud and pleased that Peter chose to bequeath such a substantial amount towards the running costs of Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station. Peter's generous legacy will help considerably towards saving lives at sea in his beloved Cardigan Bay.”

The cheque was presented by Peter’s cousin Lesley Pearson who said; 'We are proud to be part of Peters legacy and to follow his wishes for the donation to Aberystwyth RNLI station.'

Legacies are essential to help fund the voluntary work of the RNLI crews with 6 out of 10 lifeboat launches are only possible thanks to gifts in Wills.

A plaque in memory of Peter will be placed in Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station and his name added to a RNLI legacy lifeboat - the RNLI has started the ‘Launch a Memory,’ campaign where you can remember a loved one you miss by adding their name to the letters and numbers printed on the side of a new all-weather lifeboat. Names will be printed on the lifeboat decal, which is the hardwearing sticker designed to make up the lettering and numbering displayed on the side of the lifeboat. Each decal will include between 5,000 and 10,000 names.

Further information can be found on the RNLI webpages at

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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