Today, we have received photos of the boats that have been purchased from our fundraising events for the Bantayan Back to Sea charity in the Philippines. From our efforts we have raised enough money to buy six boats. And, what is most exciting is that five have been named Cowbridge and one has been named in memory of our dear friend Pam.
Pictured here are the proud owners of Pam’s boat; Dominador and Lourdes Marande.
Pam’s husband Roger wrote to say: “Isn’t it wonderful to know that this new boat has been named after Pam? It’s lovely, and I think very moving, to see the pictures and kind messages. Hilary and I were saying that we didn’t know Pam had a title before, but she has now!”
Many thanks to Hilary for coordinating the fundraising with the charity in the Philippines and enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has given so generously to help make it happen!
“I have just really enjoyed reading the e- mails and looking at the boats and their special importance to the locals . The timing was just right as I had found myself thinking about Pam this morning and the difficult time it must still be for her loved ones. I firmly believe the practical nature of the gift from her friends , in the form of the boat, may bring some comfort and pride to them”. Caroline Neudegg, Cowbridge S’n B
“What a wonderful legacy and how proud she would have been”. Jeannie Hainsworth Lamb
“How very heart-warming and such a wonderful gesture. Yes, Pam will live on in many,many people’s memory”. Pat Pascoe. Cowbridge S’n B
“Absolutely fabulous. I didn’t realize that the money had already gone off and the boat was a reality. Pam was a lady so the title is fair enough”. Isobelle Davis
“Just reading all of that brought tears to my eyes. I think that calling the boat with Pam’s name on it, Lady Pam Stead, is so right, because she was a real lady”. Sandra Ajax
“Many, many thanks for forwarding the email and photos of the “Lady Pam Stead” boat. Sad but lovely at the same time”. Clare Pullon Cowbridge S’n B
So moving ‘The Lady Pam Stead’ – wonderful. This is a pleasure for all of us and a fitting memorial. Sailing in the sun – sure she would have loved that. Sonia Fox
“Thank you Monica for sending that. I have to admit that by the time I finished reading it the tears had come. What a lovely tribute to Pam”. Gwen Jones