A £52,000 appeal to build a new lifeboat for Penarth has been launched today by champion Olympic sailor Hannah Mills who will be competing in Rio in a few days’ time.
Hannah – who comes from Dinas Powys and gained much of her early experience sailing in Penarth and Cardiff – said she was delighted to have been asked to launch the appeal – which got under way at Penarth Lifeboat station this morning .
Hannah won a silver medal for Team GB with her crew Saskia Clark in the 2012 Olympics and is hoping for gold in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics which begin in just 2 weeks’ time on August 5th .
Today’s appeal launch was attended by the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy who met Hannah Mills and lifeboat officials and crew members.
Jason Dunlop – lifeboat operations manager – said the new boat would replace the existing D Class Inshore Lifeboat Connie Daines. The D class boat was, he said , the busiest lifeboat anywhere in Wales which – in the last 8 years – has been launched no fewer than 235 times – including three call-outs this week.
One of the first donations to be received was a cheque for £800 and another for £500. Several other donations have also been received to get the appeal off to a flying start.
It’s hoped the target of £52,000 will be reached in time for the new boat “D822” (there’s no name yet) to be delivered in January 2018.
The cheque donations should be made out to Penarth Lifeboat Appeal and addressed to Penarth Lifeboat Station, The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU. On-line donations can be made on www.penarthlifeboatappeal.org