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Posted 8.10.19

Well done Barbara - We got the Quilt!

Well done Barbara - We got the Quilt!

We are delighted to report that our bid for the lifeboat quilt at last month's RNLI auction was successful.

The quilt was designed and made by Dian Smith, a local quilt and embroidery teacher. It's a modern interpretation of the famous Lifeboat memorial window at All Saints' to the eight crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat, Edward Prince of Wales, and the thirty nine crew of the SS Samtampa who lost their lives in a hurricane force storm on the rocks at Sker Point near Porthcawl on the 23rd April 1947.

The quilt shows the sweep of Swansea bay, with Mumbles head in the distance. Above stand the old and new lifeboat houses. At the heart of the window is the Tamar class lifeboat, Roy Barker IV, cutting through the waves of the Bristol Channel. The tracery lights at the top of the quilt point to heaven.

Purchasing the quilt for the community of Mumbles was Barbara's idea. She is a member of the Ladies' Lifeboat Guild and has been fundraising for charity through the sale of her local cards over the last few years.

With the proceeds of a garden party, donations and sales Barbara managed to raise a magnificent £2,000 for the successful bid.

We plan to have the work of art professionally hung, in time for its dedication towards the end of the year. It will stand, for all to see, at the side of the famous Samtampa window.

We thank everyone for supporting Barbara in her fundraising efforts. All the money raised will go towards the work of the Mumbles Lifeboat Station, which regularly launches over a hundred times a year to help those in trouble on the sea.

So, well done Barbara, and thank you for all your fundraising you do through the sale of your lovely cards.

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