Funds donated to buy vital equipment for Southwold Lifeboat crew
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Southwold Lifeboat station has benefitted from a kind deed of generosity as they have installed a new anemometer after funds were raised at the funeral of a popular man from the area.
Stephen Clegg died at the age of 69 in March of last year. His family decided that some of the money raised in his memory should go to the lifeboat crew.
After asking the team what they would most benefit from, Stephen's wife Rebecca and daughter Erika decided to fund a new anemometer which is used to measure wind speed via an internet connection.
People anywhere in the country can view the status of the anemometer online and it has been described as 'vital piece of equipment' by Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Dave Cragie, 55.
'We were asked what one thing we really needed and this was it,' Mr Cragie said.
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'It is really important for us and it ensures the crew remains safe and gives them a lot more security.
'We are right on the sea and especially when it is dark, the anemometer is vital to let us know what is happening.'
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Mr Clegg had lived in Southwold for 21 years before his death. His last full time job was the marketing director of Princes Foods.
His wife, daughter and grandchildren Georgie and Will were all at the unveiling of the anemometer, which included a gold plaque with Stephen's name on it.
'I really wish this wasn't happening but this is something he would have really been pleased about to have in his name,' Rebecca Clegg said.
'We both had a terrific feeling for the lifeboat and we asked for the collection in church to go to the crew fund.
'After they had said they needed the anemometer, they researched it and we raised a little bit of extra money.
'We are very proud of the lifeboat crew; the courage of those chaps is fantastic.
'Stephen would have been very pleased that they have chosen something which is obviously going to be significantly useful.'
To find out more about the new anemometer visit: www.weather-file.com/southwold
Southwold lifeboat station are also actively looking for new volunteers and crew members.
Anyone interested is asked to call the station on 01502 723355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org