Local Man Leaves Bequest to the RNLI Weymouth

Lifeboats News Release

Coxswain Andy Sargent was very pleased to accept on cheque on behalf of Weymouth RNLI from Mike Worton for £12,790.61.

Mike Worton hands over a cheque to Andy Sargent

RNLI/Amanda Salter

Mike Worton hands over a bequest from his uncle's estate

The money was a bequest to Weymouth lifeboats from his uncle, Mr. William Albert Gregory, who passed away in March last year.

Mr. Gregory, known as Bill, originally came from Yorkshire, and after visiting family friends in Weymouth in the late 1940’s early 1950’s loved the area so much he decided to come and work here. He was a chef in the Royal Hotel, becoming Head Chef, and then he opened his own guest house in Glendinning Avenue where he spent most of his life.

Mr Worton said his uncle was’ very fond of the sea, and took many cruise holidays in his early years and later many trips to the Channel Islands on the ferries out of Weymouth. He always had a great respect for the RNLI, loved walking around the harbour and watching the lifeboat going in and out. He contributed to collection boxes over the years and always donated a small sum at Christmas each year.’

Andy Sargent thanked Mike for the generous donation and explained the importance of legacies and donations such as this one in allowing the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea.

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