Penarth RNLI welcomes fundraising support
12:02pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Penarth news
PENARTH RNLI has received a much needed cash boost thanks to the generous actions of two very different people.
The first came from retired BT engineer Colin Parfitt, who recently presented a cheque for £5,000 to members of Penarth's volunteer lifeboat team. Along with his family and friend , 81 year old Mr Parfitt, who lives in Rhoose, was given a VIP tour of Penarth lifeboat station where he had the opportunity to meet some of the crew, view the RNLI's state of the art boats and equipment and find out more about how the crew at Penarth give their time and commitment to help save lives at sea.
Speaking after their tour, Ron Weedon, Mr Parfitt's son in law said: "Colin has always had a love of the British coastal waters and has spent many happy hours on the Balmoral and Waverley when they sailed from Penarth Pier. It was on his trips out from Penarth that Colin started to be interested in the work of the RNLI. He respected their independence but was also aware that they relied heavily on charitable donations. Because of this, he has always supported the RNLI with regular donations and he hopes that he can continue to help this worthwhile cause in the future".
Just a few weeks later, the station received a visit from another fundraiser. 33 year old Carol Smithard from Dunfermline in Scotland, has taken time out from her job as a environmental consultant to walk the length of Britain from Lands End to John O'Groats, calling in to as many RNLI lifeboat stations as she can on the way. In addition to her Wee Walk, as Carol has christened this unbelievable challenge, she is also climbing Britain's three peaks Scarfold Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdonia, and is walking across Shetland and Orkney.
Last week, Carol arrived at Penarth the 18th lifeboat station on her list of 44 across the UK. Her mammoth journey, which she taking on solo and which she began on August 10, will span some 1800 miles and she hopes to finish some time just before Christmas.
"I know that RNLI lifeboat stations are run by volunteers who give up their time on a day to day basis I have friends and family who do so", said Carol.
"Due to my job, its impossible for me to volunteer on a regular basis but I wanted to do something good, so I decided to take some time off work and face this challenge to raise funds", she added.
Carol is aiming to raise £20,000 by the end of her Wee Walk, and anyone who would like to support her can do so by visiting her Facebook page at www.facebook.coms/carolsweewalk or by going to her donation page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/carolsweewalk.
Jamie Morgans, Penarth RNLI's education officer, greeted Carol upon her arrival at Penarth's lifeboat station, and met with Colin Parfitt and his family and conducted their tour of the station. He said that the RNLI team was delighted with these incredibly generous contributions that would help fund their work.
The RNLI is entirely funded by voluntary contributions and we are absolutely thrilled that Colin has decided to present us with such a generous gift and that Carol is facing a gruelling challenge in order to raise funds for us. Penarth lifeboat team has been extremely busy over the past year, with very many call outs around the Penarth coast and beyond, and without donations like this, we simply could not continue to train our volunteers to help save lives at sea. We would like to thank Colin and Carol for their generous support.