RNLI Benefits from Funds in Memory of Pub Landlord

Lifeboats News Release

The late Barry Cass, the legendary landlord of the Duke of York, Cowes, was fondly remembered at Cowes Lifeboat Station when a cheque for £5,420.17 was presented to the RNLI by his widow, Sally.

Left to right: Station Operational Manager Mark Southwell, Sally’s daughters, Vicki and Luci, Cowes Guild chair Josephine Hindson, Sally Cass, Andrew Cooper and Orry Crews - who as well as being a boat crew is also Sally’s son-in-law.

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Left to right: Station Operational Manager Mark Southwell, Sally’s daughters, Vicki and Luci, Cowes Guild chair Josephine Hindson, Sally Cass, Andrew Cooper and Orry Crews - who as well as being a boat crew is also Sally’s son-in-law.



Following the death of her husband two years ago she is now the pub’s licensee. The money was raised from a special Barry Case Memorial Fundraiser party at the public house. Further donations were given directly to the RNLI – taking the actual total to over £6,000.

There was yet more good news for the life-saving charity – with Sally’s decision to make the fundraiser party an annual event.

Also at the cheque presentation were station members rewarded for their commitment and skill.

Two Launch Authorities, Harry Leslie and John Mason,received the RNLI’s prestigious Excellence in Volunteering Awards. Harry for his first-class management skills, imparting his extensive maritime knowledge and supporting all volunteers; John for his skill in training all the newcomers to reach a high level.

The boat crews on three 2021 ‘shouts’ were recognised by the RNLI for their skills: Ady Stothard, Jack Banks, Andy Bond, Adam Wilson, Willoughby Matthews, Andy Stretton, Mat Randall and Jason Hughes.

Certificates were presented for crew completing the commercial STCW95.

First Aid courses: Jason Hughes, Jason Moore, James Findlay, Josh Matthews and Jimmy Ingram. Also officially thanked for her operational service was retired Launch Authority, Jane Reeve.

Presenting the awards was RNLI Council Member and local resident, Andrew

Cooper.

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Caption to photo:

Left to right: Station Operational Manager Mark Southwell, Sally’s daughters, Vicki and Luci, Cowes Guild chair Josephine Hindson, Sally Cass, Andrew Cooper and Orry Crews - who as well as being a boat crew is also Sally’s son-in-law.

RNLI media contacts

  • George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/ [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (London and South East) 0207 6207425/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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