Redcar RNLI hosts Our Blue Light relay torch
The Redcar RNLI lifeboat station hosted a visit by a relay aimed at bringing emergency services together to raise awareness of mental health and to rid the stigma surrounding it.
At the end of the visit the torch was handed back to the police officers so that it could continue on it's journey through the area before finally ending its journey in the North West of England in September.
Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: 'The recent high profile incidents in London and elsewhere have really highlighted the work of the emergency services, including those from the voluntary 999 services like the RNLI.
'The relay comes on the back of the Blue Light Programme started by the mental health charity Mind, who's research show's that members of the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support.'
The relay began in Blackpool in April before passing through Lancashire, the Peak District and then Yorkshire, taking in the Scarborough lifeboat station before arriving at the peak of Roseberry Topping. There the baton was handed over to Cleveland Police for the start of it's journey through the Teesside area. The torch's progress can be followed on twitter.com/OurBlueLight and more information on the Mind Blue Light Programme can be found at mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/bluelight.
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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, in a normal year, 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.