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The story of the Lizard Tamar Lifeboat appeal

The Lizard Lifeboat’s biggest and most important fund-raising appeal in living memory has been a huge success, thanks to many hundreds of individuals, businesses, organisations and groups of friends who opened their hearts and their wallets for the Appeal.

At the beginning of the Appeal in the summer of 2009 we were delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, as principal Patron of our Appeal. Her warm message of support read:


We are absolutely delighted that The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, has agreed to be the principal Patron of our Appeal. Her message of support reads:

“I am very happy to be the principal Patron of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal.
The Lizard Lifeboat has a proud 150-year history of saving lives in the dangerous seas off our most southernmost point, a location and record that make it one of Britain’s best-known and most cherished RNLI stations.

The new Tamar-class lifeboat will be able to reach craft in trouble much more quickly than the present 22-year-old boat, and will give The Lizard’s volunteer crew even greater safety during their “shouts”.

At the best of times, the Appeal for the £2.7 million cost of the new lifeboat would be an enormous undertaking. In today’s economic climate, in such a small community, it is an even greater challenge.

I wish The Lizard Appeal all the very best of success.”

Mary Holborow

… and it certainly worked! We are grateful to Lady Mary, who has just retired after 17 years’ service to Cornwall as Lord Lieutenant, for her unflagging support and interest.



Later that summer came a surprise celebrity occasion – a surprise to the star in question, TV’s Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, John Challis. John was visiting our station as a surprise birthday treat arranged by his wife Carol, and was so impressed by his trip on our old Tyne-class lifeboat David Robinson that he promptly offered to be the Appeal’s roving ambassador!
During the nationwide Appeal of £1.8 million, we raised well above our local target of £300,000 towards the cost of the new Tamar-class lifeboat in little over two years, an amazing achievement in such difficult times.
Throughout this website you can read about our lifeboat’s exploits, its proud 152-year history, our wonderful but dangerous coast and the replacement of our old station with a superb new building that will serve The Lizard Lifeboat Station well into the second half of the 21st century.
Our new lifeboat RNLB Rose will now take us into a whole new era of saving lives: faster rescues with even more safety for our crew.

None of this could have happened without the extraordinary support of so many thousands of people, far and wide.

The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Committee, incorporating the RNLI branches of The Lizard, Coverack, Helston,  Porthleven and The Lizard Guild, thanks all those people, businesses, groups and organisations, near and far, who contributed to the success of our fund-raising appeal for RNLB Rose.

They include businesses and organisations as widely varied as:

Bath RNLI fund-raising branch
Cadgwith Pilot Gig Club
Cornwall Cottages
Cornwall Morris Minor 1000 Club
Coverack Horticultural Society
First Defence Taekwondo Club
Helford Passage Car Park Trust
Helford River Sailing Club
Kernow Model Rail Centre
Mullion North2South Cyclists
Provincial Grand Masonic Lodge of Cornwall
Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard
St Mellyon Masonic Lodge
The Witchball Bar and Restaurant
Trevarno Marquee and Event Hire
771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose

As well as many, many more, plus the hundreds of individuals who gave so generously in time, money or support in so many different ways.

Thank you all for helping The Lizard Lifeboat in its task to save lives at sea.


Our Tamar class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Rose



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