OLYMPIC SAILOR HANNAH MILLS LAUNCHES APPEAL FOR NEW PENARTH LIFEBOAT

Members of Penarth Lifeboat with Olympic sailor Hannah Mills at today's launch of £52,000 appeal to replace the busiest lifeboat in Wales

Members of Penarth RNLI with Olympic sailor Hannah Mills at today’s launch of a £52,000 appeal to replace the busiest lifeboat in Wales

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 .

Olympic champion sailor Hannah Mills launched the new-boat appeal at Penarth Lifeboat Station today

Olympic champion sailor Hannah Mills launched the new-boat appeal at Penarth Lifeboat Station

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 .

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy with Jason Dunlop of Penarth RNLI

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy with Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager

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 cheques to be received was a donation of £800

One of the first cheques to be received by lifeboat chairman Laurie Pavelin was a donation of £800

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.

Hannah Mills was asked if she would sign up- as a member of the lifeboat crew when she completes her competitive career

Hannah Mills was asked if she would sign-up as a member of the Penarth lifeboat crew when she completes her competitive career

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

 

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7 Responses to OLYMPIC SAILOR HANNAH MILLS LAUNCHES APPEAL FOR NEW PENARTH LIFEBOAT

  1. e roberts says:

    a generous donation from all those people ‘rescued’ from Sully Island on a regular basis would swell the funds hugely I’m sure!

  2. Big Davey says:

    The RNLI is loaded, it is really an endowment fund with a bit of a rescue business attached. Not sure why anyone would need to give em any more money, they should be able to fund this themselves.

    • AK says:

      It is true that th RNLI has large reserves – that is mainly because of the cost of developing and building new boats to replace aging ones. Just look at their operating accounts and you will see that the entire all weather fleet is being replaced at a cost of many £millions.

      As to the rest of your stupid comment, I’m sure that it won’t be taken into account by the volunteer crew if you get shoved off the end of Penarth Pier.

    • Emma says:

      Looking at the rnli annual report and accounts online . With free reserves at £132.4 million . I personally think that £52k is a very small dent to purchase and new boat from those reserves . Compared to 2014 free reserves of £120.0 million.

      • AK says:

        http://rnli.org/aboutus/aboutthernli/Pages/Running-costs.aspx

        ​Keeping a modern fleet of lifeboats ever-ready to go to the rescue from over 230 lifeboat stations is an expensive business. Add to that crew training, running a lifeguard service on more than 200 popular beaches and campaigning for water safety, and the pounds start to add up.

        It costs around £460,000 a day to run the RNLI, all of which is generously donated by the public.

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    Surely Penarth needs a water taxi as well? It could be funded from a loan paid for by the takings from those stranded.

    We could even try for an EU grant⸮

  4. AK says:

    Lifeboat coffee morning tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd ) 1030 onwards at Penarth Yacht Club.

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