RHYL's RNLI has been given a cash boost from its Midlands supporters.

The Stafford and Rugeley branch of the RNLI has been closely linked with Rhyl Lifeboat Station for more than 35 years.

The branch raised funds to provide a new inshore lifeboat at Rhyl in the 1980s, and its support continues to this day.

One of the mainstays of the branch was Iain Napier, who died earlier this year.

A collection was taken at Mr Napier's funeral, with proceeds going to the RNLI.

As a result, £300 was donated by his widow Shirley Napier to station coxswain Martin Jones at the boathouse.

The money will go towards the station's appeal to raise £150,000 towards the cost of the new Shannon lifeboat, due to arrive in Rhyl next autumn.

Mr Jones said: "The Stafford and Rugeley branch have always been great supporters of the RNLI and Rhyl station in particular, and we are very grateful to Mrs Napier for this donation."

Next year the lifeboat crew will undergo intense training to prepare themselves for the new craft, which will be faster than the existing Mersey lifeboat.