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An incredible £1200 donated to RNLI Longhope from Charlie Hepburn and family.

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Generous donations collected at the sad event of Kathleen's funeral.

NLI Longhope Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick receives cheque from Daisy beside lifeboat

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RNLI Longhope Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick receives cheque from Daisy.

An incredible £1200 donated to RNLI Longhope from Charlie Hepburn and family.

Generous donations collected at the sad event of Kathleen's funeral.

On Monday 18 September the station had a very special visit from Charlie Hepburn with an incredible donation to RNLI Longhope of £1200. Sadly Charlie's wife Kathleen, nee Stout, died suddenly a few weeks ago while they were on holiday in Orkney. Kathleen was born in Longhope and it was her home for many years so at her funeral her family asked that any donations be made to the Longhope lifeboat.


It was such a pleasure to meet Charlie and his lovely grandchildren, Daisy and Campbell, his late wife's sister Elizabeth with her husband Ian and show them around our lifeboat. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see young Campbell, in future years, as a volunteer crew member on a lifeboat somewhere around our shores. We hope that they will visit again and we would like to thank everyone very much for their extremely generous donations. Rest in Peace Kathleen.

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