LIFEBOAT NAMED "CHELSEA PENSIONER"
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.
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."
lifeboat has been funded from the generous
bequest of Dr. Patricia Mary Martyn Baguley
of High Lorton, Near Cockermouth.
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.
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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