Family of long serving volunteer visit Swanage Lifeboat Station to donate £2600

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 5 March 2022 family of the late Joan Allen visited the station to donate funds from friends and family to the station.

Sally Wilkinson (L) and Jill Rogerson (R) present cheques to Coxswain Dave Turnbull

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Sally Wilkinson (L) and Jill Rogerson (R) present cheques to Coxswain Dave Turnbull

Joan’s daughter Sally Wilkinson, and Joan’s niece Jill Rogerson presented two cheques totalling £2600 to our Coxswain Dave Turnbull in memory of Joan who passed away aged 101.

Dave Turnbull said, ‘it was amazing to receive such as significant donation from the family and friends of Joan. It was clear that Joan’s passion and support for the RNLI had extended to her family, and it was inspiring to learn about all Joan’s work as part of an inland committee raising awareness and valuable funds for the RNLI.’

Joan was born in Melbourn, near Cambridge, but when she retired in 1990, she settled in Harpenden to be nearer to family. It was here that she joined the local RNLI fundraising committee, taking part in annual street collections and helping to count the collections at the end of a fortnight of fundraising. One of the years that Joan volunteered at Harpenden the committee was recognised as the highest fundraising inland branch in the country. The volunteers at Harpenden were invited to the RNLI headquarters in Poole to be recognised for their tremendous efforts, receiving the RNLI Bronze Badge.

During the second world war Joan applied and was accepted to join the Women’s Royal Naval Service. After initially being no vacancies, she received a call up telegram to become a Meteoritical Wren in Greenwich which she accepted. This naval service may well have started Joan’s maritime interest and led to one of the reasons for her volunteering for the RNLI.

Through friends Joan was introduced to Swanage, spending time staying at Ballard Lee and sailing in the bay. Joan regularly visited Swanage with her family and in more recent years celebrated her 90th birthday here. With so many fond memories of Swanage and affiliation with the RNLI it was Joan’s wish for donations to be made to the lifeboat station. This generous donation will help ensure that Swanage Lifeboat Station remains operational, ready at a moment’s notice to help those in trouble at sea when the pager sounds.

Notes to Editors

  • Photograph of Sally Wilkinson (L) and Jill Rogerson (R) present cheques to Coxswain Dave Turnbull. Credit Roydon Woodford (RNLI)

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