THE LEGACY of a big-hearted Flintshire family will help save hundreds of lives at sea.
A ceremony has been held to name a lifeboat after a woman and her father who helped fund it.
Mavis ‘May’ Kane, 63, who lived in Holywell, gave funds from her estate and that of her father to the RNLI before her death in 2000, helping to fund a new lifeboat which will be named after her and her father.
The £41,000 lifeboat, named The May-Bob, was unveiled at a ceremony, where it was gifted to the Conwy RNLI Lifeboat Station.
Miss Kane’s nephew David Brown handed over the D-class lifeboat to RNLI’s regional operations manager Colin Williams.
Guests were then given the chance to see the lifeboat launched before its abilities on the open seas were demonstrated.
Mr Williams said: “As a charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies for income and 60 per cent of our income comes from legacies.
“We are so grateful to Mavis Kane for remembering the RNLI and Conwy in particular in her Will.
“Her legacy will live on saving lives at sea for many years to come.”
The new lifeboat has already launched 19 times and rescued 31 people since entering service at Conwy.
At the ceremony outside Conwy RNLI Lifeboat Station, Canon G Berw Hughes led a service of dedication and Maelgwn Male Voice Choir were also in attendence, who sang hymns and the Welsh and British national anthems.
Mr Williams said: “The D-class lifeboat has been the workhorse of the RNLI fleet for over 40 years.
“It is small, approximately five metres long, but highly manoeuvrable.
“Compared with her predecessor, the new lifeboat’s features include a more powerful electric start engine giving improved performance and a higher top speed of 25 knots.
“It is equipped with a GPS navigation system, VHF radio and many other features.
“The crew of three are trained in righting the lifeboat in the event of a capsize and the engine is inversion proofed to give easy starting in the event of a capsize.”