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Artists donate work to support the volunteers saving lives at sea

PUBLISHED: 22:54 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 22:58 28 March 2018

The Team at Aldeburgh RNLI. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Team at Aldeburgh RNLI. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk artists have rallied behind the volunteers who protect lives at sea after a recent break-in caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to their boathouse.

The Aldeburgh RNLI has teamed up with The George Farnham Gallery in Saxmundham to host an art auction featuring pieces which have been donated to raise funds for the lifeboat station, which was broken into before Christmas.

Supporters are invited to the lifeboat station to watch the Freddie Cooper lifeboat launch at 10.30am on April 8, after which the auction will take place.

Local artists Leigh Hammett, Simon Turner, James Oses, Polly Williams and Suzanne Campbell have all donated their work for the auction - with all funds raised going to the Aldeburgh lifeboat station.

Michael Light, co-owner of The George Farnham Gallery said: “After hearing the terrible news about the break in at Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station we wanted to help to raise funds towards the work of the RNLI at Aldeburgh – and we would like to thank the artists who have donated their work and hope that many of you will come and support this event and help it to raise as much money as possible on the day.”

Charles Walker, lifeboat operations manager said: “RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. We rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our lifesaving service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’

Ben Long, fundraising manager added: ‘I would like to thank The George Farnham Gallery for supporting this event through donating artwork from incredibly talented artists.

“All the money raised from the event will go directly to Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, without the support from people like Gary, Michael and George the dog, after whom the gallery is named, from the Gallery we wouldn’t be able to continue educating people about the dangers of water and saving lives at sea.”

The break-in happened overnight on December 20 and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. A post from the RNLI Aldeburgh Facebook page showed pictures of the lifeboat station with a smashed window, and with kitchen cupboards and desk drawers having been raided and some damage to the walls.

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