Mablethorpe RNLI volunteers putting out the flags for their big day
Volunteers at Mablethorpe RNLI will have a double cause for celebration on Saturday 11 June, when their two new lifeboats are named during a special ceremony at the lifeboat station.
The Atlantic 85 is named in honour of Miss Pamela Jacqueline Saville, who lived in Cambridge until her death in August 2009. Her father was a Merchant Navy Captain who was rescued by the RNLI after his boat was sunk. He was one of few survivors.
This rescue inspired Miss Saville to become a lifelong supporter of the RNLI. She was a life governor from 1992 and left a substantial legacy to fund the lifeboat at Mablethorpe.
The D class Stanley Whiteley Chadwick was funded by the legacy of Mrs Marian Chadwick in memory of her husband. Mr and Mrs Chadwick lived in Yorkshire and were great lovers of the coast. Stanley was in the Royal Navy and had always admired the work of the lifeboat crews he had seen operating in the North Sea.
On her death in 2006, Mrs Chadwick left a generous bequest to the RNLI to fund a new lifeboat for the benefit of communities on the east coast.
During the ceremony, the lifeboats will be formally accepted into the care of the lifeboat station by Mablethorpe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Dale Chapman.
He said: ‘Lifeboat naming ceremonies are always great occasions which give RNLI volunteers and supporters the chance to celebrate our charity and the generosity of people like Miss Saville and Mrs Chadwick. Without donations and legacies like theirs, the RNLI would be unable to carry on its vital lifesaving work.
‘We are very much looking forward to being able to acknowledge their generosity and to welcoming many friends and fellow RNLI volunteers to our lifeboat station for what I am sure will be a very special day.’
The Jacqueline Saville will be named by a representative of the donor, Mr Tom Poole, while the Mayor of Mablethorpe Cllr Mrs Joyce Taylor will name the Stanley Whiteley Chadwick. A service of dedication will be led by the Rev Peter Lilley.
Notes to editors
The naming ceremony begins at 1pm at Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station. Any members of the media who wish to attend must contact Mablethorpe RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Karen Cartwright on 07540 071615
Mablethorpe Atlantic 85 Jacqueline Saville and the D class Stanley Whiteley Chadwick in action. Credit Martin Fish.
Key facts about the RNLI
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.