Club invited to celebrate fundraising success
Representatives of the Club were invited to see the fruits of our fundraising efforts when the RNLI Sennen Cove lifeboat visited the Thames for a special City fundraisers reception.
The Club raised 20,000 towards the cost of the new City of London III lifeboat by organising the Round Britain Baton Relay in 2005-6. Kate Newman, now rear commodore membership, was at the London reception last week. Kate was one of the Baton Relay organisers, along with Richard Griffiths and Keith Irons.
Lifeboat men from Sennen Cove swapped the coastal panoramas of their native county for the iconic London city skyline when they sailed up the River Thames to meet fundraisers from the City of London.
The event gave members of the committee and other City organisations who had contributed more than 1 million towards its commissioning, the opportunity to see the Tamar class lifeboat, City of London III. The special reception was held at the Royal Naval Reserves HMS President, near Tower Bridge.
The Little Ship Club Round Britain Baton Relay raised funds for the new lifeboat and celebrated the Little Ship Club's 80th birthday in 2006. A draw to race two Farr 65s in the Solent also contributed to the money raised. Read the original Little Ship Club press release for the Baton Relay here.
Motoring under Tower Bridge
HMS President was the venue for the reception of thanks
Speaking to guests and volunteer lifeboat crew members, Tony Vlasto, Chairman of the City of London Committee, said: It seems like an age since 2004 when we started the City Of London III appeal. The proof, if any were needed, that it was worthwhile and appreciated, is there for all to see moored up today, and on the smiling faces of our friends from Sennen Cove.
The purpose of the reception was to say thank you to all those who made this new Tamar lifeboat possible. Thank you from me personally. Thank you from the RNLI Central London committee, thank you from the Sennen Cove coxswain, Terry George, and all our friends from Sennen Cove, who themselves have done so much for the appeal. And thank you from the RNLI in general.
Terry George, RNLI Coxswain at Sennen Cove, said the maiden voyage in their new lifeboat was an experience they will never forget: We sailed up the Thames in the dark on Tuesday evening, which I dont think any of us were prepared for. Seeing all those lights, Canary Wharf, the Millennium Dome, Tower Bridge - it was a great experience.
To come up the capitals river amid buildings and bridges is a different concept for us as you can imagine it is markedly different to what were used to in Sennen Cove. Then to have the opportunity to see and thank all those who helped raise the money was great. I was involved from the start of the appeal in 2004 and on a personal level its been really interesting and enjoyable working with the City of London Committee. We feel weve made an awful lot of friends and well make sure they get a warm welcome at Sennen Cove whenever they turn up.
The new Tamar, the City Of London III, will allow us to offer a better service in saving lives at sea.
Des res for the pour souls being rescued down below
It is hoped the City of London III will go on operational duty at Sennen Cove sometime before Christmas. City of London III is completing her final trials before arriving at Sennen Cove where she will take over from the relief Tamar, Edward and Barbara Prigmore. The station's Tyne class lifeboat, Norman Salvesen, left the station following the completion of two new slipways that have been purpose built for the Tamar.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.