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Masonic support for Eastbourne Lifeboats

The volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats welcomed Freemasons to the all-weather lifeboat station on Sunday (2. Dec) and received a generous donation of £1200

RNLI/Bob Jeffery – Eastbourne RNLI crew receiving a donation from the Royal Connaught Masonic LodgeWorshipful Master Andy Chequers, of The Royal Connaught Lodge No. 2676 and wife Mandy along with fellow members John Laing and Edward Yates presented the cheques to Dr Colin Mckee, Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group. £671 was raised at the Lodge’s Ladies Night with a further donation of £529 being made by Sussex Masonic Charities presented by Chairman and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Michael Harris. Accepting the cheques on behalf of the station Colin said the much-appreciated donation will go towards funding the personal protective clothing needed for new crew members in order that they may continue their lifesaving work.

Eastbourne has celebrated over 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and an inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally, the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity, it is separate from but works alongside government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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