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New Quay RNLI ready for Open Day this weekend

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI at New Quay offers a warm welcome as it holds it Annual Open Day on Sunday (28 May).

The station has a proud history dating back to 1864 when New Quay took possession of its first lifeboat, the Forester. This was a sail and row boat, a far cry from the sophisticated Mersey class all-weather lifeboat which has served the area since 1992 along with a brand new D class inshore lifeboat. The station today has 26 trained volunteer crew together with a 14 strong supporting shore crew and a small team of station officials.

Doors are open at 11am, admission is free and lots will be happening. There will be a chance to meet and talk to members of our volunteer crew and view the two lifeboats, the tractor and all the equipment necessary for the provision of a first class service to save lives at sea. A stroll around the station will bring a flavour of some of the many brave deeds performed by crew members over the years.

Other family attractions will include a bouncy castle, a pitch burst game involving soaking a member of the crew, a car wash, splat the rat and a sandcastle competition. There will be a barbecue at 12 noon and tea, coffee and delicious home made cakes courtesy of our Fundraising Committee. Stormy Stan is expected to attend.

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, commented:

'As a charity we rely totally on the public for our funding and we are grateful for their strong support, both locally and nationally. The Open Day is a means for us to say thank you and give people an insight into how those funds are used. We hope that lots of people will come to see us on the 28 May".

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Glyn Griffiths, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01545 561285 or or Eleri Roberts, Public Relations Manager Wales and West on 07771 941390 or or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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