Maria Caulfield MP picks winner in fisherman memorial fundraiser

Maria Caulfield MP has joined the Mayor of Newhaven in picking the winners of a fundraising raffle by Old Bills Valeting to raise funds for a new fisherman memorial in Newhaven.

Old Bills Valeting of Seaford had set up the fundraising raffle by offering two prizes for the winners, with all of the money raised going towards the proposed memorial to those lost at sea. The winners were picked by Newhaven MP Maria Caulfield and the Mayor of Newhaven, Cllr Lesley Boniface. The raffle has raised more than £500 towards the memorial.

The fundraising for a memorial has been organised by the sister of fisherman Robert Morley who lost his life aboard the Joanna C in November. The memorial will feature an anchor set in concrete, with a pillar and a net full of fish, which will have the names of the dead fisherman engraved on them. It will be made out of brass and galvanised steel and be placed near the RNLI lifeboat station in Newhaven.

Maria Caulfield MP said “The community in Newhaven all came together during the tragic events last November that saw the loss of Robert Morley and Adam Harper who were on the Joanna C. It is during such awful times that our great community spirit really shows. To see the amount of support and money that has been raised towards a memorial in Newhaven to all fishermen who have lost their lives at sea has been wonderful. The local community care so much for our fishermen and really understand what a dangerous life it is at sea.”

“I want to thank Old Bills Valeting for their efforts to raise over £500 towards the memorial. It was an honour to join the Mayor of Newhaven to help them pick the winners. If anyone would like to donate to the memorial please do visit the GoFundMe page. Any amount that you can spare will really help reach the funding target.”

Donations can be made at: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/memorial-for-our-lost-fisherman