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Campbeltown RNLI volunteers celebrate naming ceremony

Lifeboats News Release

Campbeltown RNLI volunteers hosted a fantastic celebration on Saturday 14 October when their D class lifeboat was officially named.

Kenny Craig

Campbeltown RNLI crew pictured at the Naming Ceremony on Saturday 14 October

The lifeboat D-870 Leonard Mills arrived at Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat Station on Thursday 17 October 2022 and has already launched to 12 callouts, but this weekend saw the boat officially named in Campbeltown.

Representatives from the RNLI and the local community gathered at Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat Station on Saturday 14 October to celebrate the new inshore lifeboat D-870 Leonard Mills.

The naming ceremony was followed by a service of dedication, which was opened by George Bradley, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat Station.

The ceremony was followed by speeches from the following individuals: Marjorie Leighton, representing the donor, Chris Smith, Chair of the RNLI Scottish Council, Rev. Chris Holden, and David Cox.

D-870 Leonard Mills was funded by Mrs Dorothy Mills, who left her estate to the RNLI. The inshore lifeboat is named in memory of her late husband, Leonard (Len), and Mrs Mills actually left enough to the RNLI to fund two D-class lifeboats to be built.

The second lifeboat, D-811 Dorothy Mills, will be named at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight later this month.

The new inshore lifeboat, Leonard Mills, will help the lifeboat crew at Campbeltown RNLI to save more lives at sea, with the ability to operate closer to the shore and in confined locations, such as close to cliffs and among rocks. She is also highly manoeuvrable.

Carla Jackson, D Class Helm, says: ‘Today is a special day for all of us here in Campbeltown as we celebrate our brand new inshore lifeboat, Leonard Mills. This new lifeboat will allow us to continue to save lives at sea, and has already been launched 12 times.

‘Ahead of the RNLI’s 200th anniversary next year, we’re delighted to receive this lifeboat to propel us forward into the future and service the local community.

‘The RNLI is funded entirely by generous donations from the public, and we couldn’t continue our vital work without generous donators like this one. We’re incredibly grateful to Mrs Dorothy Mills for leaving this incredibly generous donation to the RNLI to fund our inshore lifeboat, named after her husband, Leonard. We’re honoured to have Leonard Mills here with us in Campbeltown to help us save lives at sea.’

The D class inshore lifeboat has been the workhorse of the RNLI for over 50 years. She is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than our all-weather lifeboats. She comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations – often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves.

Notes to editors

· Campbeltown lifeboat station has been operating since 1861. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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