Supporter's family donation marked with plaque for display at Rhyl RNLI
RNLI supporter's plaque to Rhyl lifeboat station in memory of his parents.
He states - " My father, Charles Bainbridge, was born 10th June 1934 in Staveley, Cumbria, and was quickly relocated to Farnham, Surrey by his Mother in 1936. He was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and after his training and a few other postings he found himself sent to Kinmel Military Camp. At that time the camp held regular dances which the locals attended which is how he met my mother, Agnes Bainbridge Ne Wilson.
She was born on the 18th August 1929 living in River Bank, Bagillt, North Wales. They spent a lot of their time courting in Rhyl, later marrying on 18th December 1954, which also became a favourite holiday destination when we all returned to Wales as a family to visit relatives.
They were married for 65 years and died within 7 weeks of each other in 2020. I then decided I wanted them to have a lasting memorial, and not to let the inheritance money just be frittered away. We had always visited RNLI stations all over the country when on days out or full holidays. I have also been a member for over 20 years so a donation to the RNLI seemed a fitting way to mark their lives and do some good at the same time. After talking to the RNLI the Rhyl station seemed to be the best station to benefit from this and following my recent visit I can say, hand on heart, they deserve all the help they get. The crew I met showed a great level of skill, professionalism and camaraderie which was brilliant to see and I am delighted to be able to help their work in a small way'.
The photo shows the plaque being shown to Mr. Bainbridge by Coxswain Martin Jones on board Rhyl All-weather Shannon lifeboat " Anthony Kenneth Heard". L-R Rhyl station manager Darrel Crowther; Paul Sandford, RNLI Philanthropy manager; Callum Robinson, Rhyl RNLI full-time mechanic; Graham (friend of John); John; and Martin Jones (Rhyl RNLI full-time Coxswain).
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