The RNLI is looking to recruit more volunteers in Hoylake.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is looking to recruit extra volunteer crew and fundraisers to join Hoylake Lifeboat Station.
‘New recruits will receive comprehensive ongoing training which will equip them to embrace the rewarding challenge of saving lives at sea. They’ll also attend regular training exercises and learn vital skills to help them contribute towards the essential upkeep of the lifeboat.
‘Applicants don’t need any previous maritime experience but should have a good level of fitness and enjoy being part of a team. Our crew members take real pride in fulfilling a valuable and vital role within their local communities and we’re really looking forward to hearing from like-minded people. They must live or work in Hoylake or Meols and be between the ages of 17 and 65.’
Founded in 1803, Hoylake Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest RNLI stations in the UK. The community in Hoylake have provided volunteer crews for over 200 years, a tradition that continues today with generations of local people prepared to risk their lives to save others at sea.
The new lifeboat station was opened in November 2008 and in December 2014 the new £2.2 million lifeboat at Hoylake, the Shannon class 13-06 RNLB 'Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood', became operational. The revolutionary design of the engines and hull of this craft enables it to be deployed, even in very rough seas, at speeds of up to 25 knots. The lifeboat covers the approaches to Liverpool, the Dee Estuary and the Irish Sea and can launch at all states of tide in any weather to people and vessels in distress.
The RNLI is also hoping to recruit extra people to help in the lifeboat station’s shop and to volunteer as fundraisers. These volunteers are as much a part of the RNLI’s task of saving life at sea as the volunteer crew of the lifeboat itself. 95% of all RNLI people are volunteers!
Heather further explained: ‘We’re seeking enthusiastic people who may have some spare time and are looking for a new challenge. Our shop volunteers gain valuable experience in areas such as customer service, stock display and cash handling. Our fundraisers help to organise the famous Hoylake Lifeboat Open Day as well as fun events raising money within the local community.’
‘Full training is given for all our roles and it’s a great way to meet new friends and enhance your CV while helping to raise vital funds and awareness for our lifesaving charity.’
For more information about volunteering please telephone Hoylake Lifeboat Station 0151 632 2103, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors.
- Hoylake Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1803 and is one of the oldest in the country. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/hoylake or www.hoylakelifeboat.org.uk/
- Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Whiteley and Coxswain/Mechanic Andy Dodd are available for interview by arrangement.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone or email:
- Hoylake RNLI Volunteer Press Officers, Peter Ruddell, on 07974 800 106 peter_ruddell@ or Louise Dodd on 07833 734 964 email@example.com
- Public Relations Manager North, Alison Levett, on 07786668912 firstname.lastname@example.org
- RNLI Central Press Office on 01202 336 789 (24 Hours).
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press
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 Republic of Ireland from 236 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 180 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 139,000 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.
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.