Mary & Archie Hooper D class Lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper, were keen RNLI fundraisers and provided a generous legacy which has funded the new lifeboat. One of the main motivations for wanting to support the charity was witnessing first hand some of the risk visitors undertook on their coast. They watched on with great interest from the home they built at Llandanwg Beach near Harlech in north Wales. They made it their vocation to help save lives at sea and were tireless in visiting caravan sites, raising money for the RNLI and spreading lifesaving safety messages. The history of their lives together forms the basis of their desire to support the RNLI with this generous legacy. Archer, know to his friends and family as Archie trained at Dartmouth Naval College in Devon, before serving in the Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of Commander. By the time of their marriage, Archie had retired and was living on a disused lifeboat at Llandanwg, north Wales. The couple loved sailing their own small yacht Zambesi and gave instruction to the local sailing club. The new lifeboat, which has already launched on service, will handed over to the RNLI by the donor’s representatives Dr Susan Hooper and James Hooper. She will be accepted on behalf of the Institution by Judge Graham Hume Jones, RNLI Council Member. Then, Elizabeth Hooper, will officially name the lifeboat.
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