Help Save a Dunkirk and RNLI Hero

"Help Us Save a Dunkirk and RNLI hero Charles Cooper Henderson"

We are fundraising to save Britain's longest serving lifeboat and hero as one of The Little Ships of Dunkirk for future generations to enjoy.

The Charles Cooper Henderson Story
The story of Charles Cooper Henderson's role – and of course the four men who worked tirelessly aboard this noble craft  through the nights at Dunkirk – is humbling. One of the crew, a 18-year old boy, had never been to sea before! We are pleased to report all four men returned safely, having saved an estimated 2,000+ men, although the 'captain' sustained a shrapnel injury to his jaw. You can read the full transcript of Charles Cooper Henderson's Dunkirk story as told by the skipper to his daughter here... 

The Restoration Project & Fundraising Effort

Funds will be used to re timber areas of the hull as well as other essential works to steering and more, to allow the boat to be used by many well into the future. 

We need the funds urgently as it is our aim to get this boat back in the water as soon a possible for people to enjoy, and for this boat to be part of the 80th Anniversary Dunkirk Return in 2020 to celebrate the miracle of Dunkirk in 1940.

Once she is back in the water we will do a prize draw and 12 of our supporters will be invited to join us on Charles Cooper Henderson for a days cruise on the River Thames.

We have invested heavily in the boat personally up to now and would be eternally grateful for any and all help we receive to save this great and historic vessel that has saved hundreds and thousands of lives....

Every donation is gratefully received and  in appreciation of your support, we will allocate a ‘raffle number’ to each £50 donation, and six winners, with their partners, will have the opportunity to join and exclusive celebratory Donor Partner Day Cruise on the Thames aboard the restored Charles Cooper Henderson.

Our Supporters

We are delighted to say that HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is on board with our fund, and we hope to welcome you aboard with your donation soon. Thank you.

“As the Royal Patron of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, I know how important it is for us to preserve these historical craft and ensure their survival for future generations. Any help with funds you can give to complete the restoration of Charles Cooper Henderson will ensure that she is saved for posterity and a piece of important history is preserved.”
HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO
Honorary Admiral of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships and President of the RNLI.


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Vintage Days Out 
Wallingford, South East England, United Kingdom
Katie McGregor 
Team member
Katie McGregor 
Team member
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