Walmer RNLI volunteers welcomed ashore by boat sponsor

Lifeboats News Release

Mrs Val Rodbard, sponsor of Walmer's D Class inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II paid a visit to Walmer lifeboat station.

Mrs Val Rodbard with Walmer's volunteers

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Mrs Val Rodbard with members of Walmer's volunteer crew

On returning from exercise on Sunday morning, 28 April, the volunteer crews were welcomed by Mrs Val Rodbard, long-time supporter of the RNLI and the sponsor of Walmer’s D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II.

After the passing of her husband Duggie, his life-long friend John Farley suggested that a lifeboat be sponsored in his name. After contacting the RNLI with their idea, they were offered five stations. Mr Farley, his wife Wendy and Mrs Rodbard undertook to visit them. Such was the welcome they received at Walmer, their first stop, by one of the shop volunteers, that they looked no further. Mr Farley sponsored the original Duggie Rodbard and at the end of its service life in 2016 Mrs Rodbard undertook to sponsor its successor.

Part of her donation also enabled the station to refit their mechanic's workshop which also bears his name.


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Duggie Rodbard

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Duggie Rodbard

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