Tragedy hit a local family in 1982 When 13 year old Simon Staples and his step father were swept out to sea by huge waves whilst checking the sea defences at their house in Hartfield road on Cooden Beach during a severe gale. Donald Adams was dragged ashore but Simon drowned despite the best efforts of the volunteers aboard Eastbourne lifeboat, local Coastguard officers and an RAF helicopter.

In memory of his brother, Martin Adams who witnessed the tragedy as an 11 year old, has volunteered his services to Eastbourne new lifeboat appeal. Martin, now a successful businessman, has volunteered to supply and distribute appeal leaflets to households throughout the area using his specialist team M.A.Distribution from Hailsham, with some of the printing being donated by Eastbourne based firm Manor Creative. So far 60,000 leaflets have been produced and already donations are flowing is as a direct result.

At an emotional visit to Eastbourne lifeboat station Martin was shown archive news releases of the event along with station records and photographs of the launch of the then Rother class lifeboat Duke of Kent.

A lifeboat appeal spokesman said we are always looking for volunteers to help raise funds for our new lifeboat and as Martin has proved, that help doesn’t always mean directly parting with cash; sometimes practical help such as this is just as beneficial. We are very grateful to M.A.Distribution (Martin’s company) and Manor Creative for their support.