Looe Lifeboats

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
With your support, we save lives at sea We save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response. 

Donations in Memoriam

Looe Lifeboats are most grateful for these very generous donations, which will be used to fund the lifesaving equipment and crew training we need to continue our local role of saving lives at sea. Such bequests are the lifeblood of local RNLI stations.

Martin Tyler - £500

6th May 2018

The family of the late Martin Tyler recently visited Looe Lifeboat Station to present a donation raised from generous contributions collected at Martin’s funeral and fundraising at his local pub. Martin Tyler and his family are regular visitors to Looe. For Martin, Looe was special place visiting the town three or four times a year over the past 50 years and the family made many friends in the town. Martin passed away suddenly at the mere age of 68 on 4 December last year. His son Leigh, accompanied by Leigh’s partner Angela visited Looe Lifeboat Station on Sunday 6 May 2018, to present £500 raised from generous contributions collected at Martin’s funeral and from a collection and raffle at Martin’s local pub, The Fox, near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. Carol Foster one of our volunteer station guides and volunteer shop manager Brenda Newman accepted the donation on behalf of the station.

Michael John Curle - £941

20th May 2018 The family of the late Michael John Curle recently visited Looe Lifeboat Station to present a donation raised from generous contributions collected at Michael’s funeral. Michael Curle and his wife Diane moved to Polperro some 20 years ago after retiring from the family plant hire business in Shifnal, Shropshire. Owning his own boat, Michael had an affinity with the sea and he was a keen swimmer. Tragically Michael lost his life whilst swimming off the coast of Sri Lanka earlier this year. Diane, accompanied by their daughter and son, Vicki and Stuart, visited Looe Lifeboat Station on Friday, 20 April 2018, to present £941 raised from generous contributions collected at Michael’s funeral. Ian Foster, Looe lifeboat press officer and treasurer Janette Deakin accepted the donation on behalf of the station. In thanking the family, Looe RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Haines said the Lifeboat Station was most grateful for this very generous donation, ‘it will be used to fund the lifesaving equipment and crew training we need to continue our local role of saving lives at sea’.  

Leslie Walker - £1,000

10th September 2017 The Walker family have spent their holidays in Looe for many years. Their father, Leslie Walker loved Looe and Looe Lifeboats and they still describe Looe as “Special. It feels like coming home”. Leslie lived in Sutton in Ashfield until he passed on 14th June at the age of 89 and at his funeral, a collection was taken for Looe Lifeboats. Donations were subsequently topped up to £1,000 by his family and on 10th September, this was presented by his daughter Sally and her husband Tony Gillott to our Boathouse Guide team leader Graham Morris.

Sheila Mary Renaud - £1,000

2nd September 2017 Sheila Renaud lived in Downderry for more than 30 years. She was a lifelong supporter of the RNLI and in particular Looe Lifeboats and our shop, where she bought her RNLI Christmas cards each year. On 2nd September, her niece Julie Sable with her husband Alan and Julie’s sister Karen Freeman with her husband Neil, presented a donation of £1,000 in Sheila’s memory to Looe Lifeboats Press Officer Chris Roy.

Sonia Maxwell - £1,370

16th July 2017 Support for the RNLI comes in many forms and often from places surprisingly far from the sea, so Looe Lifeboat volunteers were especially delighted to welcome the family of the late Sonia Maxwell to the station on 16th July. Sonia’s family hail from Solihull, West Midlands, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK. However, the whole family have always supported the RNLI and particularly Looe Lifeboats. As Sonia’s sister Sarah said, “We all love our holidays in Looe and if we are coming to Cornwall on another matter, we always stop in Looe to buy something from the lifeboat shop”. Sonia passed away on 17th March this year at the age of 41 from a rare form of cancer, 10 months after being diagnosed. At her request, donations were accepted in her memory from family and friends to support the vital work of Looe’s RNLI volunteers. Sonia's family met with volunteer crew from Looe Lifeboats on Saturday afternoon when her mother Annette Benefield, her sister Sarah Laurie and Sonia’s two sons Harry and Charlie, accompanied by Dimitri, their rescue dog from Greece, presented a donation totaling £1,370 to crew members Vicky Thomas and Guy Cooper.
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