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Cullercoats Lifeboat Helm Anna Heslop on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘There were four ponytails coming out of helmets and I thought: wow!’

Episode 175 – Making History: Anna Heslop

The first female helm in the 170-year history of RNLI Cullercoats, Anna Heslop has helped pave the way for other women to get onboard - including her mum.

Anna joined Cullercoats Lifeboat Station at 17, and for a while, was the only female at the station. Now, there are nine women involved, including Anna’s partner, Jane, and Anna’s mother, who is Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Anna talks about her experience of being a female helm, and about how, in December 2022, the Cullercoats lifeboat launched with the first all-female crew – a proud moment for the station.