Ron Baker has been selling mistletoe for over twelve years in the pubs local to him and has raised many thousands of pounds for RNLI Rye Harbour. The mistletoe is donated by Penshurst Place Estate and we are really grateful to them and Ron for taking the time to sell it. Of course this year with Covid-19 it has been more difficult to sell, because the pubs have been closed, but this has not deterred Ron who still managed to raise funds for the RNLI.
Palace Estates General Manager, Ben Thomas, said: “It is our pleasure to donate Penshurst Place Estate mistletoe to the RNLI and we hope the sale of this magnificent festive plant has helped the RNLI collect some much-needed funds to aid their excellent charitable work and all of the many they help”.
The UK tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is thought to have started in the 1700s, but it became much more popular throughout the 1800s.
Donations enable the RNLI to carry on their sterling work of Saving Lives at Sea.
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