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Deanland support for Eastbourne Lifeboats reaches landmark

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Residents of the Deanland Wood Park retirement village at Golden Cross have been enthusiastic supporters of Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats for many years. With yet another donation their contributions have now reached the staggering £20,000 landmark.

Presentation of cheque aboard Eastbourne Lifeboat

RNLI/Bob Jeffery

Presentation aboard Eastbourne Lifeboat
The mammoth fundraising effort was initially instigated by veteran supporter Frank Wellbelove, who has been an RNLI Governor for over 30 years, along with and his wife Jane. Together they have organised countless raffles and special events over the years that have been held at the Deanland on-site ‘Inn on the Park’ with all profits going to Eastbourne Lifeboats. Catering Manager at the Inn, Debbie Toms, and her young family have now taken over the mantle, with Frank still assisting by looking after the accounts and acquiring the raffle prizes. At the latest presentation, held aboard relief lifeboat ‘Frank and Anne Wilkinson’, Debbie and Jane handed a cheque for £925 to Coxswain Mark Sawyer, Operations Manager Carl Pocock and lifeboat mechanic Guy Emery. Debbie’s twin sons Cairan and Callum with youngster Ralph, who all help with the raffles, completed the party. Despite this remarkable effort Frank is adamant that he will continue raising money to ensure Tamar class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’ can continue their lifesaving work in Eastbourne. The mammoth fundraising effort was initially instigated by veteran supporter Frank Wellbelove, who has been an RNLI Governor for over 30 years, along with and his wife Jane. Together they have organised countless raffles and special events over the years that have been held at the Deanland on-site ‘Inn on the Park’ with all profits going to Eastbourne Lifeboats. Catering Manager at the Inn, Debbie Toms, and her young family have now taken over the mantle, with Frank still assisting by looking after the accounts and acquiring the raffle prizes. At the latest presentation, held aboard relief lifeboat ‘Frank and Anne Wilkinson’, Debbie and Jane handed a cheque for £925 to Coxswain Mark Sawyer, Operations Manager Carl Pocock and lifeboat mechanic Guy Emery. Debbie’s twin sons Cairan and Callum with youngster Ralph, who all help with the raffles, completed the party. Despite this remarkable effort Frank is adamant that he will continue raising money to ensure Tamar class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’ can continue their lifesaving work in Eastbourne.

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