Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Thanet District Council, has presented £470 to Ramsgate RNLI on behalf of local auctioneers Hobbs Parker.
The auction, facilitated by Hobbs Parker Marine Auctions for the council at no cost, raised £470 for the Ramsgate Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity which relies entirely on voluntary contributions. The £470 represents the proceeds from the sale of auction catalogues on the day.
The auction not only facilitates the council selling abandoned boats, including those which have not adhered to council fees and charges for mooring in the harbour, but also creates an event where members of the public and businesses can enter maritime related lots for public auction.
Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing presented the cheque to Ramsgate’s RNLI Cox, Ian Cannon on Tuesday 22 November.
Cllr Stummer-Schmertzing, said: ‘This donation is a positive way to contribute to the Thanet community. I was delighted to be able to present the cheque in person to team members of Ramsgate RNLI, and also be given a tour of the boat house. I know the money will be put to good use.’
Photo caption: RNLI members, (from left) Phil Mace (Mechanic), Ian Cannon (Cox), Cllr Stummer-Schmertzing, and Paul Ionescu (Volunteer).