An evening of dinner and jazz for 100 guests at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club raised £722 for Cowes RNLI lifeboat station.
It was the fifth such event organised by local jazz enthusiast William Sanderson, and the
second in aid of the local lifeboat station. Joining the Isle of Wight’s own Leon Simmonds Trio, were three top jazz instrumentalists from London: alto sax and clarinetist Alan Barnes, trumpeter Enrico Tomasso and trombonist Adrian Fry.
Helping to swell the donation to the RNLI were sponsorship money and the profit from a raffle.
Lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell said, “This popular initiative by Willie is much appreciated by all those involved in the station. He, and his wife Margo, who is a volunteer in the local RNLI shop, are proving to be really good friends of our life-saving charity.
“We would clearly welcome other such personal initiatives to complement the RNLI’s own official fund-raising events.”