An appeal to bring a new lifeboat to Lizard Lifeboat Station has received the support of an influential new patron.

Lady Mary Holborow, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, has agreed to be principal of the Lizard Lifeboat Appeal.

The appeal hopes to raise £1.8 million towards the £2.7 million cost of a new Tamar-class lifeboat that will take The Lizard Lifeboat into a whole new era of saving lives.

In a message of support for the appeal, Lady Holborow said: "I am very happy to be the principal Patron of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal.

"The Lizard Lifeboat has a proud 150-year history of saving lives in the dangerous seas off our most southernmost point, a location and record that make it one of Britain's best-known and most cherished RNLI stations.

"The new Tamar-class lifeboat will be able to reach craft in trouble much more quickly than the present 22-year-old boat, and will give The Lizard's volunteer crew even greater safety during their 'shouts'.

"At the best of times, the appeal for the £2.7 million cost of the new lifeboat would be an enormous undertaking. In today's economic climate, in such a small community, it is an even greater challenge.

"I wish The Lizard Appeal all the very best of success."