Childhood sweethearts donate to RNLI on golden wedding anniversary

Mr and Mrs Rawlins met in Lyme regis when they were both members of the sailing club

DONATIONS to the RNLI come in all shapes and sizes and for all sorts of reasons. And every one is greatly appreciated by the charity that saves lives at sea.

The volunteers of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew received a cheque recently from Ann Rawlins, living in Borough Green, Kent.

Mr and Mrs Rawlins pictured on their wedding day

She wrote: “I had the dubious pleasure of reaching my 70th birthday recently, and, even more extraordinary, celebrating a golden wedding anniversary!

“We asked for donations, in lieu of presents, for the RNLI, a much worthier cause than us! Most of our friends have donated online, thus increasing the donation with gift aid.

“I am sending the cheque to you as I met my husband, Bryan, when I was eight and he was 11. We were both members of the sailing club in Lyme Regis and he proposed to me at the end of the Cobb!”

Mr and Mrs Rawlins were married at Uplyme church and her parents retired to Lyme Regis. Her father, best known as ‘Spud’ Taylor, was commodore of the sailing club.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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