Cowes Lifeboat

Cowes Lifeboat

This one is very close to home. Cowes Lifeboat Crew and the RNLI have just launched an appeal to raise £1m to refurbish their new lifeboat station. They have recently purchased the former Customs House, close to the mouth of the River Medina and are looking to completely refurbish it in order to ensure it is operationally fit for duty.

Their current base is in a temporary facility in the Shepherds Wharf Marina, a far from ideal location. The new home would increase response time by around 4 minutes which in serious situations could make a huge difference. The Cowes lifeboat is an Atlantic 85 Lifeboat B-810 Tabbycat – a very large ‘rib’ style lifeboat – that can operate safely in up to F7 conditions.

I noticed the new premises on a recent trip over to Cowes and it is certainly in a prime position for quick access to the Solent. Here’s hoping they reach their target swiftly. I will certainly be making a donation.

You can either:
1. Donate online here
2. Call 08451 214 999 and quote ‘Cowes Appeal
3. Send a donation to ‘Cowes lifeboat station appeal, Freepost BH173, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1BF

RNLI Cowes Appeal Website
Cowes Lifeboat Website
BBC News Website Article
Yachting Monthly Website Article