Weymouth lifeboat station open day
Weymouth RNLI lifeboat week has concluded with the lifeboat station and both the "Severn" Class All-weather and "Atlantic 75" class Inshore lifeboats being open to the public.
A steady stream of visitors meant that at the end of the day hundreds of people had walked around the boat and met the volunteer crew members.
RNLI mascot Stormy Stan made an appearance to the delight of the children while the RNLI national raffle tickets were on sale to those wishing to have a little flutter as well as supporting the RNLI financially. Lifeboat week is our main fund raising week of the year.
Keeping a modern fleet of lifeboats ever-ready to go to the rescue from over 230 lifeboat stations is an expensive business. Add to that crew training, running a lifeguard service on more than 200 popular beaches and campaigning for water safety, and the pounds start to add up.
It costs around £460,000 a day to run the RNLI, all of which is generously donated by the public and lifeboat weeks held around the country are a very important part in reaching that total.
At the moment it is too early to say how this year's fund raising events at The Nothe and Bowlease Cove along with the open day have fared compared to other years.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland