Volunteer crews at Swanage RNLI are celebrating after receiving the generous donation towards the cost of their new lifeboat station

A Dorset man has donated a massive £250,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat station at Swanage RNLI.

Mr Gronow Davis, who owns the 7,500 acre Rushmore Estate, specified that the money be used for the crew’s new training room, kit and training.

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The estate owner has been a supporter of the RNLI, previously raising £25,000 for the charity after holding an annual golf day last year.

After a visit to the current station, where he met volunteer crews and saw the lifeboat in action, he pledged to make the substantial donation to provide the crew with comprehensive training and essential kit to keep them safe at sea.

Swanage RNLI’s Peter Foster said: “After working closely with Mr Gronow Davis to organise the RNLI Golf Day back in July 2014 I became aware of his tremendous support for the charity.

“This additional donation he made is a remarkable show of his support and it is fitting that his donation will fund the crew that will be at the heard of the future lifeboat station.”

The new lifeboat station, which is currently under construction, will house the new Shannon class lifeboat due in Swanage in 2016.

This substantial donation comes not long after couple Bernard and Irene Jordan donated their £600,000 estate to the charity in a will.

Mr Jordan made headlines last year after he left The Pines care home to join hundreds of other veterans in Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.