Alison Robertson with her fundraising pet chicken on Eastbourne RNLI Flag Day, c. 1925
Alison Robertson with her fundraising pet chicken on Eastbourne RNLI Flag Day, c. 1925

Young Alison Robertson’s pet chicken is a key member of the RNLI fundraising team at Eastbourne. Born with a weak leg, the chicken becomes a tame family pet. On fundraising Flag Days she is paraded around town in a doll’s pram, coercing people into support with her steely gaze and hoping for more than chicken feed.

Alison goes on to be Chair of the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild in Eastbourne, and is a formidable fundraiser for the rest of her life.