Fowey RNLI lifeboat station receives artistic donation

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Local man, Keith Harris, who was assisted by Fowey RNLI volunteers has donated an original painting of the two Fowey lifeboats to the station.

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Keith Harris delivers his painting to Fowey lifeboat station
Keith Harris, who is a self-taught artist, contacted Fowey lifeboats and offered to produce a painting for them after he was assisted by Fowey lifeboat volunteers last year. Working from a black and white photo, Keith has produced an original watercolour which depicts the two RNLI Fowey lifeboats, the Trent class all-weather lifeboat the Maurice and Joyce Hardy built in 1996 and the D-class inshore lifeboat, Olive Three.

Keith visited the station in January 2023 to present the painting. Keith said: 'In September 2022 I visited Fowey with my boat club (Truro Boat Owners Association). I moored up on the pontoon and was enjoying the company and the harbour views when I started to feel quite unwell. One of my colleagues, alarmed by the incident called 999. I was so grateful for the lifeboat crews' attendance, and even though I recovered, their care didn't stop at that point. After getting me ashore I was well looked after in the lifeboat house until my wife arrived to drive me home. My crew took the boat back to Mylor the following day and all ended well. I delivered the painting of the Fowey lifeboats to the clubhouse as a thank you.'

Fowey Lifeboat Press Officer, Cathy Baillie said: ' It was lovely to meet Keith and his wife Val, who came to the station to present us with this delightful painting. We plan to have some greetings cards printed featuring the painting to be sold in our shop and will be auctioning it off later in the year to raise much needed funds for Fowey station. We're extremely grateful for this original donation, and I'm sure there will be some fierce bidding for it once it goes up for auction.'

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