RNLI Receives Unusual Donations

A 1979 Post Office first day cover, signed by Scilly’s decorated lifeboat coxswain Matt Lethbridge, will be displayed at the Isles of Scilly Museum.

A mainland lifeboat supporter sent the envelope, which was sold to promote a new set of stamps, to Chris Thomas. It states that it was carried by the lifeboat.

Chris says the majority of the charity’s income comes from wills and legacies and the donor wanted it sold to boost funds. He says it could have gone on eBay but he wanted it to stay in Scilly, so the museum has bought it.

The local RNLI have also announced that a mainland couple, who have visited the islands for 50 years, are offering half of their estate to the St Mary’s RNLI.

The couple, who will visit again in August, were impressed by the Guy and Clare Hunter boat when they stayed with Alfie Jenkins at Evergeen Cottage.

As they don’t have children they want to leave half of their property to the local lifeboat station and share the rest with the Old Town Church.