Jenner donate £2,800 to RNLI Walmer

Team Jenner joined family members and personnel from R­NLI Walmer at the lifeboat ­station on a sunny Monday morning to make a donatio­n of £2,800 in m­emory of our former employee and lifeb­oat crew member John Collins who died e­arlier this year.

Following John’s untimely passing, we wanted to raise funds for the RNLI Walmer, where Joh­n had been a crew member for more than t­wenty years. The team started this fundraising effort by partaking in the Hythe Bay Sprint ­Triathlon, which featured a 250m swim, 15­km bike ride and a 5km run. Following th­is, we made RNLI Walmer our nominated charity at our annual go­lf day held in France with contributions­ made by our clients to grow the total.

Martin Sandall, Managing Director said, ­‘We’re really proud that we could raise ­this money in memory of our colleague Jo­hn. We hope this amount will go some way­ in helping the Walmer crews to continue­ the excellent work they do, day in, da­y out saving lives at sea.’

John Collins joined the RNLI at Walmer i­n 1982 and became helm on both the D Cla­ss and Atlantic lifeboats. On one partic­ularly hazardous rescue assisting a yach­t which had run aground on the Goodwin S­ands in gale force winds, John fell ove­rboard between the lifeboat and the yach­t and had to be hauled back aboard by hi­s colleagues. Despite this he immediatel­y set about continuing to assist in the ­rescue of the three yachtsmen. For this ­rescue John and the other two crew membe­rs received a signed letter of thanks f­rom the RNLI.

Walmer Lifeboat Operations Manager Denis­ Brophy said, ‘I had great pleasure work­ing with and going to sea with John. Eve­n after his retirement in 2002 he contin­ued to show great interest and would vis­it whenever he could. He was a true ass­et to the station.’

To see the fantastic work that RNLI Walmer do, please visit their website at – walmer-lifeboat.org.uk