New RNLI Chairman Stuart Popham visits Fraserburgh Lifeboat
The new Chairman of the RNLI, Stuart Popham visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November and met with Coxswain Vic Sutherland and a number of the volunteer crew, management and fundraisers.
Stuart and his wife Carolyn called in after a short trip to Scotland where they were visiting several RNLI stations.
He had only been in the role seven weeks when he arrived in Fraserburgh, where he accepted an invitation to be shown around the Trent Class lifeboat by Vic and Lifeboat Operations Manager Hamish Partridge.
Vic was very impressed by the new chairman “He was very down to earth, very easy to speak to and a good listener. He’d done his homework and knew quite a bit about the station’s history and record. We discussed ways of how we saw the RNLI developing in the next few years and found we were on the same wavelength.”
New Fraserburgh Lifeboat Operations Manager Hamish Partridge who has only been in his position since the start of November said “It was fantastic to meet the chairman of the RNLI on his visit to the station and a real benefit for myself being so new to the role.
During the visit Stuart and his wife showed a tremendous interest and knowledge of Fraserburgh Lifeboat, the crew and the RNLI.
It was a absolute pleasure to have them visit us here in Fraserburgh.”
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.