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Father Christmas visits RNLI and the snow comes too!

Lifeboats News Release

Children and their families were welcomed to the lifeboat station in Portishead on Sunday (11th December) by Father Christmas, his elves, the Beach Buddies and a sprinkling of SNOW!

Father Christmas with children

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

As Santa arrived the children eagerly waited their turn to speak to him and hand over their personal Christmas wish lists. Their faces said it all, with their beaming smiles and Christmas jumpers galore, with the big day approaching, getting to meet the main man himself was very exciting. Then came the snow, grown ups and children were delighted to see the snow and everyone said it really topped the morning.

The Beach Buddies joined the fun with their show giving children some valuable safety advice for the bad weather, asking children not to walk on frozen ponds and to always stay away from the sticky sinking mud on the beach. Home made cakes were for sale and a chance to have a look around the lifeboat station and to get a close up look at My Lady Anne, the station's purpose built Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat.

The volunteers would like to thank the community for all their support and kindness shown during 2016 and would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas!

Remember if you do see someone in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard as the volunteers will be on call 24/7 all over Christmas and New Year.

The volunteers will also be joining Woods Estate Agents next Friday (16th December) 6pm-9pm for the local Portishead Victorian Night. Why not come along and have a sing-a-long with the sea shanty group the Barnacle Buoys, see you there!

Father Christmas receiving letters

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Playing in the snow

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Beach Buddies

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

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, Carrybridge 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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