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A Merchant Seaman has left an amazing legacy to his local RNLI Lifeboat Station

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An ex-merchant seaman with a lifelong love of the sea recently passed away leaving a large sum of money to his local RNLI Lifeboat Station at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey.

The attached photo shows Henry’s son Paul onboard the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat handing over a cheque for the above amount to another man with a lifelong love of the sea and all things RNLI.

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Paul Lawson fulfilling his father's request.

Henry George Lawson worked as a merchant seaman from a very young age and stayed at sea until he married. He then worked locally until his retirement,but throughout all these years he never lost his love of the sea.

Henry passed away earlier this year at the grand old age of 98 and left specific instructions with his family that he wanted to leave his money in the form of a legacy to his local lifeboat station, with the only proviso being that his legacy be publicised in the hope that it would encourage other people to make donations to their local RNLI Lifeboat Stations throughout the country.

In respect of Henry’s wishes his fantastic legacy of £15,735.63p will be allocated by the RNLI to the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat Station to cover the ever-mounting running costs of the Island’s very busy lifeboat station

Legacies like Henry’s are vital to keep the RNLI’s lifesaving work going. In fact, 6 out of 10 launches are only possible thanks to gifts in Wills.

The attached photo shows Henry’s son Paul onboard the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat handing over a cheque for the above amount to another man with a lifelong love of the sea and all things RNLI.

Robin Castle MBE who retired 3 years ago after completing more than 40 years dedicated service to the RNLI now not only acts as one of our Deputy Launching Authorities but is also the station Treasurer.

Along with Paul and Robin are Nigel Budden, Sheerness Lifeboat Operations Manager and volunteer crew member Jack Smedley whose ‘day job’ also involves lots of hours spent at sea.

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