SUPER sailor Dee Caffari is the new patron of Gosport and Fareham’s independent lifeboat service.
The Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) has been looking for a new patron since Lady Margaret Fieldhouse, who previously held the position, died earlier this year.
Record-breaking sailor Dee has now agreed to take over the role.
Dee, from Titchfield, said: ‘It is an honour to become the patron at Gafirs.
‘The work these volunteers do is truly amazing and it feels extra special to support such an important service that exists right on my doorstep.’
The 38-year-old met the crew at their headquarters in Stokes Bay, Gosport, last night.
Gafirs chairman Peter Brown said: ‘It is absolutely fabulous that Dee has agreed to become our patron.
‘Dee will undoubtedly be a true inspiration to all our young cadets, lifeguards and lifeboat crews as they strive to save lives at sea.’
The volunteer lifeboat crew is also appealing for people to help them win a £6,000 cash grant from Natwest.
Gafirs is in the running to win a share of the bank’s Community Force fund. The service’s volunteers currently have to pay for their own drysuits to protect them from the elements when they are out saving lives at sea.
They hope to win a cash boost which can be used to by a new drysuit for each of the crew’s 24 members.
To vote, visit communityforce.natwest.com/project/523.