The second of the Thames lifeboats based at Chiswick has been officially named at a ceremony at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. The E class lifeboat, stationed at Chiswick, will be named Chelsea Pensioner. General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie GCB OBE, Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, handed over the lifeboat to the RNLI on behalf of the Chelsea pensioners. It was accepted on behalf of Chiswick station by Wayne Bellamy the station manager. The boat was officially named by Bert Spurdin a Chelsea pensioner resident at the Hospital.

Joy Baker, RNLI senior area organiser says, ĎA number of the pensioners have been regular collectors for the RNLI at boat shows in London and Southampton for more than 25 years and also regularly help on London Lifeboat Day and other major events. The E class lifeboat is being named in recognition of their continuous and valuable support."

The lifeboat has been funded from the generous bequest of Dr. Patricia Mary Martyn Baguley of High Lorton, Near Cockermouth.

Chelsea Pensioner is one of several lifeboats based at four RNLI lifeboat stations located along the Thames since 2 January 2002. The lifeboat stations were set up at the request of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, following a review of the Marchioness tragedy, to provide a search and rescue service to any point on the tidal part of the Thames.

Watching the naming ceremony will be the lifeboat crew, who are a mix of full-time employees and volunteers coming from all walks of life including policeman, doctors, bankers, brokers, IT specialists and firemen. Staff and pensioners from The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, who have contributed to the RNLI, will also view proceedings.

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