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90TH BIRTHDAY PRESENT DONATED TO KINGHORN LIFEBOAT!

30/06/2004

A 90 year old woman from Rosyth, has donated all her birthday presents to benefit Kinghorn Lifeboat and Sight Savers.

Beatrice Eskdale celebrated her 90th birthday recently with 100 friends, her family from Newcastle and neighbours but asked that there should be no gifts. However, guests raised £700 for her favourite charities - the RNLI and Sight Savers. The gathering comprised all age groups, from as far afield as Bath and included representatives from each of the four churches in the town – Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and Church of Scotland.

Auntie Bea, as she is affectionately called locally, is still making home-made cakes and pies and helps raise funds for charities including RNLI, Sight Savers, Cat Protection, Christian Aid and Leprosy Mission. She also helps with catering and raising funds in all the churches of Rosyth. Over the last 50 years she has catered for Sunday School and Scout parties and still bakes for the Baptist Church Café. Bea says she owes her longevity, good health and contentment to her baking activities and if ever she needs to raise her spirits she can be found in her kitchen.

Beatrice, who was widowed in 1966, originates from Hepburn in Newcastle and moved to Portsmouth with husband Alex during the War, after which they moved north to Rosyth for Alex’s work in the dockyard. They brought up their two daughters, Beatrice and Edith in the town and in later years Beatrice did cleaning in the local school for many years and she was a good neighbour to many.

Beatrice Said, " I was invited to present my cheque to the crew of Kinghorn Lifeboat recently and was delighted to meet them. Several crew members turned out to receive me and I learned all about the service they provide. I was most impressed by the dedication of the crew and amazed at their 6 minute response time from activation of their pagers. I was welcomed into the boathouse and the crew told me all about the types of situations to which they respond, the self-funding aspect of the operation, which relies on donations, legacies and fund-raising and I was given a guided tour of the Lifeboat station which is ten years old. I am full of admiration for all the volunteers involved. I had a wonderful morning having coffee and posing for photographs with them."

Charlie Tulloch, the Lifeboat Operations Manager said," It really is wonderful that someone like Bea is thinking of the Lifeboat, when she is celebrating her own birthday. The truth is, that the Lifeboats would be unable to survive without the assistance of people like Bea, willing to give up a little, or a lot, in order to keep them operating and saving lives at sea. I can't thank her enough for her generousity and the crew all send her their thanks and best wishes for the future. I have invited her along to our open day on July 17th and hope she is able to return for it."