Wheelchair-tragedy-parents-volunteer-for-Lyme-Regis–RNLI-Lifeboat-Week

Byline: The parents of the young woman who died when her electric wheelchair plunged into Lyme Regis harbour plan to return to the town next month as volunteers helping to raise funds for the RNLI during Lifeboat Week.
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Mark and Paula Perkins, from the West Midlands, have arranged their holiday to coincide with Lifeboat Week and contacted the lifeboat station to offer their services.

Their daughter, Claire, 20, died after her wheelchair fell into the harbour during a family visit to Lyme Regis on October 7th 2011.

Mrs Perkins said:” We will never forget the efforts so many people made – including the lifeboat crew – to save our daughter on that awful day. and we felt that by helping out during Lifeboat Week we would be saying another ‘thank you’ to all those involved.

“We don’t mind what we do, whether it’s helping to sell ducks for the duck race or walking along the seafront with a collecting bucket.”

Local fisherman Harry May received a Royal Humane Society award for his attempts to save Claire, and members of the lifeboat crew, coastguards and paramedics were among those who also attempted a rescue.

At the inquest into Claire’s death the West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston said the most likely explanation for the accident was that Claire had moved around and caught the electric wheelchair’s joystick.

Responding to Mr and Mrs Perkins’ offer of help during Lifeboat Week, Irene Roper, chairman of the organisers, the llocal RNLI Guild, said:”We are deeply touched by their offer and look forward to welcoming them next month.”

 The Perkins family have already made generous donations to the RNLI following the accident.

  Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis starts on July 18th to 25th.   

  

  

Byline: The parents of the young woman who died when her electric wheelchair plunged into Lyme Regis harbour plan to return to the town next month as volunteers helping to raise funds for the RNLI during Lifeboat Week.
Page Content:

Mark and Paula Perkins, from the West Midlands, have arranged their holiday to coincide with Lifeboat Week and contacted the lifeboat station to offer their services.

Their daughter, Claire, 20, died after her wheelchair fell into the harbour during a family visit to Lyme Regis on October 7th 2011.

Mrs Perkins said:" We will never forget the efforts so many people made - including the lifeboat crew - to save our daughter on that awful day. and we felt that by helping out during Lifeboat Week we would be saying another 'thank you' to all those involved.

"We don't mind what we do, whether it's helping to sell ducks for the duck race or walking along the seafront with a collecting bucket."

Local fisherman Harry May received a Royal Humane Society award for his attempts to save Claire, and members of the lifeboat crew, coastguards and paramedics were among those who also attempted a rescue.

At the inquest into Claire's death the West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston said the most likely explanation for the accident was that Claire had moved around and caught the electric wheelchair's joystick.

Responding to Mr and Mrs Perkins' offer of help during Lifeboat Week, Irene Roper, chairman of the organisers, the llocal RNLI Guild, said:"We are deeply touched by their offer and look forward to welcoming them next month."

 The Perkins family have already made generous donations to the RNLI following the accident.

  Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis starts on July 18th to 25th.