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Model man Martin of Grantham raises £10,000

A passion for lifeboats has led a Grantham man to raise more than £10,000 for the RNLI.

Martin Kinghoward, of Melbourne Avenue, Grantham, has also rescued a model lifeboat from Skegness RNLI which he has added to the collection he uses in his fund-raising.

He told the Journal: “It was their fund-raising boat, which had been wrecked over the years. They put it online asking if anyone would take it. They approached local clubs and societies and said if they did not want it, the model boat would be broken up.

“I could not allow all this history to go away. I am a lifeboat nut. I have built a lot of boats for more than 20 years. I once saw a lifeboat and fell in love with it. People let models go to rack and ruin and I like to restore and refurbish them.”

However, this latest craft proved something of a shock to him as his other models tend to be just three to four feet long. Instead of being kept in the house, the replica of the Lincolnshire Poacher stays on a trailer on the road outside. Sadly, he lacks a driveway and garage to house his pride and joy.

Martin says the restoration work of the Lincolnshire Poacher has taken six months and he wishes to thank local suppliers Sugar Express, Brewers of Grantham, Travis Perkins and LG Gas for helping supply paint and other items used for the restoration.

The plan is to take the vessel around the country to RNLI , emergency services and other events to fund-raise for the lifeboat organisation.

In a few weeks, he will take the model back to Skegness to fund-raise as it is the RNLI’s flag week there. He will also attend a 999 show in Doncaster and he is booked for four other events this summer.

Martin , who originally came from London, is a member of the Leicester-based King Leaer Model Boat Club and a member of the RNLI Enthusiasts Society.

The lorry driver has fund-raised for 20 years, with his models that include one of the Whitby Lifeboat, raising more than £10,000.

In addition to such events, Martin also stages collections outside supermarkets in Grantham. Despite the town being 52 miles inland, Martin says many people in Grantham like the lifeboats and he can raise £1,000 on a Saturday.

However, Martin remains modest about his activities. It was only through a neighbour the Journal heard about them.

Neighbour Lyn Hogan said: “Martin’s raised thousands. He’s got a heart of gold.”

If anyone has storage space for the model boat, please ring Martin on 07753 235564.


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