News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 13/05/2009

Rye Harbour 004 2009


£350 Donation from Peasmarsh & District W. I. Choir

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station are the main beneficiary of the 2009 concert hosted by Peasmarsh and District W. I. Choir with Holly Gurney, which was held at Rye Methodist Church on Friday 8th May. The concert raised a total of £460, enabling the Choir to donate £350 (after expenses) to Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station. The evening had a varied programme, starting with 'If with all our Hearts'. During the concert Holly Gurney performed two violin solo's and there was a reading by Mary Gaddie 'April (with apologies to John Masefield)'. Following the concert there were refreshments, cake stall and a raffle.

Directing was Lois Benton, the accompanist was Jennifer Als and the choir members: Pam Ascott, Pamela Baker, Tommy Banyard, Sarah Baverstock, Gail Brooks, Linda Byrne, Doris Carree, Heather Coote, Audrey Dent, Mary Gaddie, Shirley Gibson, Betty Paine and Barbara Vane.

Richard Tollett, Operations Manager for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘What an unexpected surprise, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.’

Lois Benton, Director Peasmarsh and District Choir, said: ‘It was a full and varied programme ranging from Church to folk to popular numbers from West Side Story.’

Steve Tollett, Chairman for Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: 'It was a very enjoyable evening and nice to see so many people attending the event.’

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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland