Barmouth RNLI “Come visit us day” proves popular
Sunday 30 July saw the popular “Come Visit Us Day” take place at Barmouth RNLI which allowed members of the public to see how their donations are used.
Organised by Lifeboat Visits Officers Wendy Cleaver and Eve Williams, the event saw a steady flow of visitors to the station who all wanted to find out about the work of the RNLI. The all-weather lifeboat proved to be a popular attraction with over 400 people passing through her during the day.
Visitors also got to view the inshore lifeboat, find out about the “Respect The Water” campaign, see the equipment used, and even try on some examples of the kit used. Members of the volunteer crew were on hand to any questions people had. The station fundraisers were also kept busy selling cakes and drinks throughout the day.
This year's event also saw us joined by Andy Benfield and Steve Gregory from Chasewater Model Boat Club. Among their display of radio control boats were a replica of Barmouth's all-weather lifeboat Moira Barrie which proved to be popular with visitors as they made their way to view the full size version.
While not planned as a fundraising event, donations taken on the day came to over £1,777 between generous donations from the public and takings in the RNLI shop. This will assist Barmouth RNLI and its volunteer crew to continue saving lives at sea.
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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 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.