In welcoming over 30 traders to the station, deputy launch officer Hugh Robotham said the charity was very grateful to those businesses that found room for the charity’s collection boxes and special event posters in their windows.
The evening was organised by station administrator Penny Maclean. She said:
“We wanted to run something for the local business community, and hearing of their plans to hold their first event enabling members to network between themselves we suggested their first meeting should be here.”
Association committee member Mike Cox explained that lot of local businesses don’t know what other businesses in the area could offer. Hopefully through networking meetings they would address that problem, to the benefit of everyone. He thanked Cowes RNLI for hosting the first network event. Association chairman Maddie Dobson said she hoped more businesses in the Cowes area would join the organisation.
Light refreshments were provided by local RNLI Guild members, whose chairman, Anna Morgan Crockett said they would be happy to provide more collection boxes to anyone who asked.
Pictured left to right are: Cowes lifeboat chairman David Hembury, Hugh Robotham, Anna Morgan Crockett, Mike Cox and his wife Sue.