Amble RNLI has revealed that its next all-weather lifeboat will be named Elizabeth and Leonard, in memory of a couple whose legacy will help to fund it.
The state-of-the-art Shannon-class lifeboat is currently being built at the RNLI’s All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset.
The total cost of the vessel is £2million and the charity still needs to raise the remaining £70,000 of £200,000 through its ongoing appeal.
Elizabeth Foley Brumfield, from Hull, a lifelong support of the charity, left a generous legacy to the RNLI following her death in 2013. She requested that it be used to purchase an all-weather lifeboat in memory of her and her late husband, Leonard.
Amble RNLI Coxswain, John Wingfield, said: ‘We’re extremely grateful that Mrs Foley left such a generous legacy to our charity.
“Her overwhelming support means that construction of our new Shannon-class lifeboat is well underway.
“It’s exciting to know that the hull of the lifeboat is complete and that our lifesaving vessel is taking shape.
“Though it’s still early days, our volunteer crew is really looking forward to training on and trialling the new lifeboat when she arrives.”
The latest fund-raising coffee morning takes place at Amble lifeboat station on Sunday, December 20, 10am to 1pm.
Gillian King, RNLI community fund-raising manager, added: “It’s fantastic that we’ve received such an amazing legacy. These vital gifts really do help to fund the future of lifesaving at sea.
“I’d also like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who is supporting our ongoing appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of our new lifeboat.
“We’re well over the halfway mark, a point we couldn’t have reached without the generosity of the general public, our supporters, Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers and the Northumberland Gazette’s Jam Jar Army appeal.”
To support the ongoing Shannon appeal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org