View as PDF

Gravesend lifeboat receives donation from Cannon Lodge Freemasons

Lifeboats News Release

The Cannon Lodge No. 1539 of Freemasons have very kindly made a £1000 donation to Gravesend RNLI.

Jonathan Vowles on behalf of The Cannon Lodge handing a cheque over for £1000 to Chris Maher, volunteer Helmsman at Gravesend RNLI

RNLI/Alan Carr

Jonathan Vowels presenting the cheque to Chris Maher

This donation was part of the annual charitable contribution and Gravesend lifeboat was one of three charities chosen. Being chosen in recognition of the work we do providing a rescue service on the River Thames.

The cheque was presented by Jonathan Vowles, on behalf of The Cannon Lodge to Chris Maher, who is a volunteer Helmsman at Gravesend Lifeboat Station.

Notes to editors

Gravesend is one of four lifeboat stations on the River Thames that are operated by the RNLI. Gravesend Lifeboat covers an area from Holehaven, at the western end of Canvey Island, to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 26 miles. A patch which covers Kent, Essex, South & East London.

Ends

RNLI media contacts

  • Alan Carr, Gravesend RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    07775 822584,
    alan_carr@rnli.org.uk

  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Reginal Media Officer (South East)

0207 6207426 / 07785 296252, paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland