A memorial dinner to raise funds for Eastbourne Lifeboats was held in Herstmonceux Village Hall to honour long-term residents June and Norman Exworth who died recently and are sorely missed by their family and friends.
Both June and Norman were extremely active, dedicated supporters of numerous groups and organisations in the area.
In particular, June was an enthusiastic supporter of the RNLI and organised a team of collectors in the parish for many years collecting £1,500-£2,000 per year. The dinner was extremely successful with £2,968 raised on the night.
The trustees of the Roy Hudson Trust and Mrs A. Lacy-Tate Trust have match-funded this amount from each trust, boosting the grand total to a staggering £8,904.
The event was organised and presented by members of several Herstmonceux village community groups who wanted to honour June’s memory.
The donations from the Trusts are very generous and made the whole occasion even more special, said a lifeboat spokesperson.
Mark Sawyer, the Coxswain of Eastbourne Lifeboat who knew June and appreciated her unstinting work for the RNLI over so many years, said that the event was a fitting tribute to a very special lady.
June had been posthumously awarded a Gold Star by the RNLI in recognition of her fund raising and Mark made a special presentation to her daughter, Rachel Exworth, at the dinner. Mark also thanked everyone who contributed in so many ways to the dinner and who helped to make the evening so memorable and successful.