Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat have announced that Mrs Susie Sheldon, JP, Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight has become Patron of the charity.
She agreed to take on the role in May of this year, however it was agreed that she settle into her new role as Lord Lieutenant during the busy summer, before a public announcement was made.
Mark Birch, Operations Manager said: ”We are delighted that Mrs Sheldon accepted our Patron request and this is an important step for our lifesaving charity. Mrs Sheldon also has some history with our Lifeboat station as she named our current lifeboat, The Dove II, in September 2011 which we know she very much enjoyed.”
Mrs Sheldon said: ”The lifeboat is an outstanding organisation and I would be pleased to be associated with it and give it any support I can. I did indeed in my year as High Sheriff launch Dove II and was even (under strict supervision) allowed to drive it.”