VIP visit for Port Talbot RNLI
Father Christmas has paid a special visit to Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Station.
The station organised a carol service and a visit from Santa for children (0 to 12 years) belonging to crew and family members on Sunday 17th December.
The service was held in the boathouse led by the station chaplain, Rev. Phil Denyer and some beautiful carol singing ensued. Once the singing was over, the children all stood by the boathouse door and Father Christmas arrived in the lifeboat which was towed along the promenade.
Despite the atrocious weather he had a great welcome. It was then time for him to enter his decorated grotto (the crew room). The children were allowed into the grotto in ones or twos to meet Father Christmas and receive a present from him. He was helped by Mother Christmas who also turned up on the day. Once all the children had received their gifts it was then upstairs for a welcome buffet and a hot drink or squash.
It was a very enjoyable afternoon and in total 54 children received a present from Father Christmas.
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.