Generosity abundant at Harwich RNLI black tie evening

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Harwich RNLI were presented with a cheque for £2,000 by Van Oord and Boskalis at the charity’s Black Tie evening, which also raised £1100 for the John Teatheredge Memorial Fund


As sponsors of the event, representatives of Van Oord and Boskalis were present for the evening, and made a further donation by presenting a cheque for £2,000. Van Oord and Boskalis are currently undertaking the dredging operations needed to deepen the Harwich Channel on behalf of the Harwich Haven Authority.

The companies’ generous sponsorship of the evening meant the £1100 raised from the raffle and auction - which would have normally gone towards hosting the event – could be donated to the John Teatheredge Memorial Fund.

A spokesperson for the Dredging companies said:

‘The RNLI is a fantastic charity, and we at Van Oord and Boskalis are pleased to be supporting this dedicated cause by donating £2,000. Our projects, including the current Harwich Channel Deepening, work in various water bodies and we are grateful for the lifesaving work the RNLI do. Members of our crew along with Works Manager Chris van Meggelen and Office Manager Kim Good joined the annual dinner and dance where they presented the cheque to Coxswain Di Bush.’

Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Bull said:

‘It was great to be able to get back together again after three years with our friends, partners, and supporters of Harwich Lifeboat Station. There are so many people I need to thank, but I would like to say a special thank you to Boskalis and Van Oord for sponsoring this event, and it was great to see them thoroughly enjoying themselves. A thank you also goes to all the companies that donated raffle prizes, but I would like to say a very special thank you to the long suffering partners of the crew, who put up with their loved ones being on standby, and being called out all times of day and night. It takes a very special person to be RNLI crew, but something extra special to be their partner.’

Notes to Editor

In the wake of John Teatheredge’s untimely death in 2020, the memorial fund was set up to honour his memory and support the next generation of lifesaving at Harwich RNLI

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