The RNLI and MSPCA have each received a cheque for £50,000, thanks to a legacy from the late Betty Small.
The RNLI said it will split the incredible donation between the five RNLI lifeboat stations on the Isle of Man and ensure volunteer crews on the island can continue saving lives at sea.
Mrs Small, from Braddan, made the bequest to the RNLI to celebrate the island being the spiritual home of the RNLI. Douglas resident Sir William Hillary founded the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck in 1824, the organisation which later became the RNLI.
Mrs Small’s family visited Douglas RNLI Lifeboat Station to hand over the cheque to be shared between Peel, Ramsey, Port St Mary, Port Erin and Douglas to Douglas RNLI Mechanic Tony Radcliffe.
Tony said: ‘As a charity which relies on voluntary contributions and legacies for income, we are immensely grateful to the late Mrs Small for this most generous gift. It was a pleasure to meet her family and to accept this most generous donation on behalf of the five RNLI lifeboat stations on the island.’
The ManxSPCA was equally delighted to receive the sum of £50,000. The executor of the estate, Guy Varley, presented a cheque to Liam Rice, PR and Fundraising Co-ordinator for the ManxSPCA in the charity’s cattery, accompanied by his wife, Joan, who was a close friend of the Betty’s for many years. The couple were accompanied by their grandchildren and another close friend, Mary Joyce.
Liam expressed the charity’s gratitude and said: ‘We believe that Betty had several dogs and cats over the years, and it’s wonderful that she has made provision for the care of so any more companion animals in her will.’