Defibrillator launched by Sheringham RNLI in memory of local lifeboat stalwart

Sheringham Lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow and Joanne Stone with the defibrillator installe

Sheringham Lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow and Joanne Stone with the defibrillator installed outside the town's lifeboat station in memory of Mrs Stone's husband Mike. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

The life of a RNLI stalwart has been commemorated with the installation of a defibrillator at Sheringham lifeboat station.

Sheringham Lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow and Joanne Stone with the defibrillator installe

Sheringham Lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow and Joanne Stone with the defibrillator installed outside the town's lifeboat station in memory of Mrs Stone's husband Mike. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

Mike Stone was a long-term friend to the station and crew, many of whom were pall bearers at his funeral a year ago.

Because his life had been saved by the use of a defibrillator while on holiday in Italy some years ago, his widow Joanne was keen to help other heart patients and launched an appeal to buy a similar machine for the seafront station.

Sheringham Lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow and Joanne Stone with the defibrillator installe

Sheringham Lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow and Joanne Stone with the defibrillator installed outside the town's lifeboat station in memory of Mrs Stone's husband Mike. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

Lifeboat crew, friends and colleagues raised more than £2,000 and, at a ceremony held a few days ago, supporters had a chance to see the new defibrillator, which has been fitted near the station door.

Senior helmsman David Hagan praised Mr Stone's generosity, intelligence and sense of humour.

He added: 'Mike was a friend to us all and he was a great supporter of the RNLI. We will miss him'.

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