A cake-maker travelled nearly 500 miles to raise money for a town’s RNLI, in honour of her grandad who was awarded the charity’s bronze medal for bravery.
Karen Barclay, 32, known as Katt, came over from Germany to help collect funds at Amble Lifeboat Day, on Sunday, August 25.
The mother-of-two made three giant RNLI-themed cakes to be raffled during the event, raising £284 for the cause.
The charity is close to Katt and her family’s hearts and she made the gesture in memory of her grandad, William Henderson, who was in his 60s when he passed away in 1983.
William served with Amble RNLI and made it to the position of coxswain.
He was awarded the RNLI’s bronze medal in 1970 for the part he played in the combined operation of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats to go to the rescue of the RAF pinnace No 1386, which had capsized off Amble Head.
Katt said: “Since William’s death, family members have gone out of their way to participate in helping the lifeboat fund-raise.
“William’s late wife Dorris used to make cakes, jams and chutneys and knit crochet blankets and knitted dollies to sell and raffle off for lifeboat day each year.”
Katt’s brother Nathan Purvis is a crew member on Amble lifeboat, along with cousin Robert Henderson. In past years, her uncle James Henderson and cousin Kevin Henderson have also been members of the Amble lifeboat crew.
Katt is the wife of REME corporal Shaun, and mother of youngsters Theo-Jay and Felicity Amber.
She travelled from Paderborn, in Germany, where her husband is based, to north Northumberland for the fund-raiser.
Katt has a small cake business, Party Perfect, and makes cakes for other military families in Germany.
She was helped on the day by mother Jennifer Purvis, from Amble, and sister Stephanie Purvis, from Hadston.
The event raised in the region of £9,500.