Barmouth RNLI hold successful Come Visit Us day
Barmouth RNLI held an extremely successful ‘Come Visit us Day’ on Sunday (31 July).
Organised by Visits Officer Wendy Cleaver with the help of the lifeboat crew volunteers, members of the public were invited to come to the lifeboat house to see the boats at first hand.
The event is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of the RNLI charity in our seaside community, to thank the public for their support, both locally and nationally, and to give them an insight into how their donations are used.
Fundraisers worked relentlessly from early morning to late afternoon guiding hundreds of visitors, young and old, through the station. Each one had the chance to view the two lifeboats and the launching tractor, to examine the equipment and to meet and speak with volunteer crew members to learn exactly what happens on a lifeboat shout. The fundraisers worked hard selling refreshments and cakes and goody bags of RNLI souvenirs were handed out by children of the crew.
Admission was free and although this is not designed to be a fundraising event, donations made by generous members of the public on the day amounted to over £600 being raised, £230 of which was made by the juniors in donations on their stall.
David Baily, Barmouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'This was a sterling effort by our young fundraisers and crew of the future whose efforts will all help provide a first class service to save lives at sea.'
Notes to editors:
The attached pictures, which should be credited to RNLI/Barmouth, show:
- Junior helpers who raised £230 towards the £600 fundraising total
- Families got to go on board the Barmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat
- Sam Roscoe getting some info on the inshore lifeboat
- One happy youngster at the helm of the all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Moira Barrie
- Zachary Vincent trying on some lifeboat crew kit
For more information contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245 882 or 01341 280 742 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.