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 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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland