Funeral donations to save lives at sea

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CASH raised in honour of a late Hucknall man who lost a brave two-year battle against cancer will help to save those in life-or-death trouble at sea.

Much-loved former miner Brian Terry, of Papplewick Lane, died in January at the age of 63.

It was one of his last wishes that mourners at his funeral didn’t send flowers.

Instead the enthusiastic sea-angler asked for donations to be collected in aid of three charities, including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and its base at the Lincolnshire seaside resort of Skegness.

Family and friends, including Mr Terry’s wife of 22 years, Pam, made a trip to Skegness on Easter Monday to present a cheque for £705 to the lifesaving crew.

In total, the memorial collection raised more than £1,000. The remaining £300 will be split between the Treetops Hospice in Derbyshire and Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provided nurses to care for Mr Terry at home.

Mrs Terry said: “Brian was a deep-sea angler and was secretary of the Midland division of the National Federation of Sea Anglers for 18 years.

“The RNLI was always close to his heart, and this donation was what he asked for.”

Mr Terry died five days before his 64th birthday on Sunday January 15. His funeral attracted a congregation of more than 250 at St John’s Church in Hucknall.

Mr Terry worked as a mechanical fitter at the former Hucknall Colliery. He met his wife, who worked as a secretary at Calverton Colliery, at a mining-union meeting at Rainworth in 1987.

John Irving, coxswain mechanic at RNLI Skegness, said: “All the money will go towards the overall running costs of the RNLI station and our restricted fund, which is used to help when crew need things like a new pair of boots or a lifejacket.

“It will be put to good use. The RNLI nationally costs £150 million a year to run, so the money will not only help us in Skegness but also with other lifeboats around the country as a whole.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Mr Terry’s family and friends presenting the cheque to members of the Skegness lifeboat crew.