York pensioner buys £214k lifeboat for RNLI

York pensioner buys £214k lifeboat for RNLI

The lifeboat Albatross in action in Cardigan Bay

RNLI benefactor Sheila Foster launches the lifeboat she bought for the rescue service

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SHE has admired the RNLI since visiting Filey as a child - now a York woman has stunned the charity by buying it a brand new lifeboat.

Sheila Foster's generosity has allowed the charity to buy its first onshore lifeboat with radar, which allows it to operate more effectively in fog.

And the £214,000 Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, called Albatross, has already saved lives on its first call-out, when it rescued two people trapped on a rocky ledge on the Welsh coast as large waves broke around them.

Miss Foster, from Haxby, said she had supported the RNLI all her life and she was very proud to see Albatross in service in Cardigan.

"Ever since I visited Filey and saw their lifeboat when I was five years old, I have had a great admiration and fondness for the RNLI," she said.

"To think that those brave volunteer crews put their own lives at risk in order to save others is truly admirable."

Cliff Griffiths, Cardigan RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, speaking during a naming ceremony and service of dedication for the boat earlier this month, thanked Miss Foster for her generous support in saving lives at sea.

"The Atlantic 85 was called into action only a few weeks after her arrival in Cardigan, taking part in a dramatic rescue off Tresaith which resulted in saving two lives," he said. "Since then, the volunteers have been kept busy responding to service calls and training."

A spokeswoman said the Atlantic 85 was the most technologically advanced inshore lifeboat. "It is the first inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate more effectively in reduced visibility." she said.

"It is also faster and bigger than its predecessor, with room for four crew members as well as more space for casualties."

Cardigan RNLI volunteers were called out on service 49 times last year, rescuing 32 people and saving seven lives.

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11:46am Sat 31 May 14

Jack Ham says...

Fantastic story. Amazing generosity.
Fantastic story. Amazing generosity. Jack Ham
  • Score: 1

11:55am Sat 31 May 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Very generous support for a very worthwhile charity.

The RNLI gets no direct support from the government.
Very generous support for a very worthwhile charity. The RNLI gets no direct support from the government. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 34

1:08pm Sat 31 May 14

matroom says...

Brilliant. Well done that woman
Brilliant. Well done that woman matroom
  • Score: 48

1:31pm Sat 31 May 14

Yorkie41 says...

Now that is a story, much better than some rubbish that has been reported lately.And thank you Sheila for your very generous donation to a very worthy cause.
Now that is a story, much better than some rubbish that has been reported lately.And thank you Sheila for your very generous donation to a very worthy cause. Yorkie41
  • Score: 46

4:02pm Sat 31 May 14

JHardacre says...

Gets my vote as possibly the best story in the Press this year.
Gets my vote as possibly the best story in the Press this year. JHardacre
  • Score: 40

4:34pm Sat 31 May 14

Y.I.P. says...

Well done Sheila,you have restored my faith in human nature.was flagging a bit lately.
Well done Sheila,you have restored my faith in human nature.was flagging a bit lately. Y.I.P.
  • Score: 7

6:50pm Sat 31 May 14

stopatred says...

Finally a feel good story in the press well done that lady,a lovely gesture.
Finally a feel good story in the press well done that lady,a lovely gesture. stopatred
  • Score: 20

4:40am Sun 1 Jun 14

StarB74 says...

This story lightened my heart today. Thank you sheila for your sincere kindness.
This story lightened my heart today. Thank you sheila for your sincere kindness. StarB74
  • Score: 16

1:45pm Sun 1 Jun 14

iwasright says...

The RNLI have millions stashed away they did not need this donation. Check out the status you will see they need no more cash, but it was nice of the lady to give away so much cash it could have been used in a better way.

For the deaf. blind and mad in West Office
The RNLI have millions stashed away they did not need this donation. Check out the status you will see they need no more cash, but it was nice of the lady to give away so much cash it could have been used in a better way. For the deaf. blind and mad in West Office iwasright
  • Score: -11

2:12pm Sun 1 Jun 14

iwasright says...

Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give.

RNLI income
£140.050.194
Legacy income

£90.600.323

Total income

£165.569.663

So do you think they need an old ladies money??
Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give. RNLI income £140.050.194 Legacy income £90.600.323 Total income £165.569.663 So do you think they need an old ladies money?? iwasright
  • Score: -7

2:19pm Sun 1 Jun 14

iwasright says...

iwasright wrote:
Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give.

RNLI income
£140.050.194
Legacy income

£90.600.323

Total income

£165.569.663

So do you think they need an old ladies money??
The national society for the Prevention of cruelty to children gain less cash been 9th on the list.
Marie Curie gain less.
The Royal Institute for the blind people are down the list.
So who needs the donations.
[quote][p][bold]iwasright[/bold] wrote: Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give. RNLI income £140.050.194 Legacy income £90.600.323 Total income £165.569.663 So do you think they need an old ladies money??[/p][/quote]The national society for the Prevention of cruelty to children gain less cash been 9th on the list. Marie Curie gain less. The Royal Institute for the blind people are down the list. So who needs the donations. iwasright
  • Score: -6

3:04pm Sun 1 Jun 14

MrChuckles says...

iwasright wrote:
iwasright wrote:
Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give.

RNLI income
£140.050.194
Legacy income

£90.600.323

Total income

£165.569.663

So do you think they need an old ladies money??
The national society for the Prevention of cruelty to children gain less cash been 9th on the list.
Marie Curie gain less.
The Royal Institute for the blind people are down the list.
So who needs the donations.
Oh shut up moaning.
[quote][p][bold]iwasright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iwasright[/bold] wrote: Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give. RNLI income £140.050.194 Legacy income £90.600.323 Total income £165.569.663 So do you think they need an old ladies money??[/p][/quote]The national society for the Prevention of cruelty to children gain less cash been 9th on the list. Marie Curie gain less. The Royal Institute for the blind people are down the list. So who needs the donations.[/p][/quote]Oh shut up moaning. MrChuckles
  • Score: 9

6:20pm Sun 1 Jun 14

just_back_in _York says...

Great story. Lived many years in the USA where they are a lot more comfortable with success and people earning wealth; altruisism was a lot more common and actively encouraged. Would be good to see the same happen here more often. However need less sniping at the successful and more emphasis on doing positive things with wealth. Unfortunately can't have one without the other.
Great story. Lived many years in the USA where they are a lot more comfortable with success and people earning wealth; altruisism was a lot more common and actively encouraged. Would be good to see the same happen here more often. However need less sniping at the successful and more emphasis on doing positive things with wealth. Unfortunately can't have one without the other. just_back_in _York
  • Score: 3

11:53am Mon 2 Jun 14

again says...

just_back_in _York wrote:
Great story. Lived many years in the USA where they are a lot more comfortable with success and people earning wealth; altruisism was a lot more common and actively encouraged. Would be good to see the same happen here more often. However need less sniping at the successful and more emphasis on doing positive things with wealth. Unfortunately can't have one without the other.
They are also comfortable with astonishing levels of inequality and almost 1 in 4 of their children living in poverty.

Please don't cite the USA as an example to live up to; live down to is more like it.
[quote][p][bold]just_back_in _York[/bold] wrote: Great story. Lived many years in the USA where they are a lot more comfortable with success and people earning wealth; altruisism was a lot more common and actively encouraged. Would be good to see the same happen here more often. However need less sniping at the successful and more emphasis on doing positive things with wealth. Unfortunately can't have one without the other.[/p][/quote]They are also comfortable with astonishing levels of inequality and almost 1 in 4 of their children living in poverty. Please don't cite the USA as an example to live up to; live down to is more like it. again
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Mon 2 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

iwasright wrote:
iwasright wrote:
Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give.

RNLI income
£140.050.194
Legacy income

£90.600.323

Total income

£165.569.663

So do you think they need an old ladies money??
The national society for the Prevention of cruelty to children gain less cash been 9th on the list.
Marie Curie gain less.
The Royal Institute for the blind people are down the list.
So who needs the donations.
Well at least you know who to give your legacy to. In the mean time, you had better get fundraising!
[quote][p][bold]iwasright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iwasright[/bold] wrote: Taken from Britain top 1.000 charities RNLI ranked 7th best will you still give. RNLI income £140.050.194 Legacy income £90.600.323 Total income £165.569.663 So do you think they need an old ladies money??[/p][/quote]The national society for the Prevention of cruelty to children gain less cash been 9th on the list. Marie Curie gain less. The Royal Institute for the blind people are down the list. So who needs the donations.[/p][/quote]Well at least you know who to give your legacy to. In the mean time, you had better get fundraising! eeoodares
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

just_back_in _York wrote:
Great story. Lived many years in the USA where they are a lot more comfortable with success and people earning wealth; altruisism was a lot more common and actively encouraged. Would be good to see the same happen here more often. However need less sniping at the successful and more emphasis on doing positive things with wealth. Unfortunately can't have one without the other.
You are correct success is celebrated in the US.
However your comments regarding altruism is naive, the wealthy contribute as part of their tax planning. Large areas, occupied by the poor, have never been repaired following Hurricane Katrina. Please contrast with Stephen Sutton!
[quote][p][bold]just_back_in _York[/bold] wrote: Great story. Lived many years in the USA where they are a lot more comfortable with success and people earning wealth; altruisism was a lot more common and actively encouraged. Would be good to see the same happen here more often. However need less sniping at the successful and more emphasis on doing positive things with wealth. Unfortunately can't have one without the other.[/p][/quote]You are correct success is celebrated in the US. However your comments regarding altruism is naive, the wealthy contribute as part of their tax planning. Large areas, occupied by the poor, have never been repaired following Hurricane Katrina. Please contrast with Stephen Sutton! eeoodares
  • Score: 0

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