Visitors to Barmouth RNLI brave the cold on Annual Fun Day.
The grey skies and gloomy start to the day did not bode well for Barmouth RNLI’s Annual Fun Day on Sunday 19 August 2018.
The all-weather lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, was put on display out on the beach and the fundraisers set up their stalls in the shelter of the boathouse.
After a slow start, holidaymakers began to drift in to take advantage of the hot drinks and delicious cakes and to grab a bargain at the many stalls, and as it was definitely not a beach day for children, crowds soon gathered to come in and enjoy the games,
Children loved dressing up in RNLI outfits while chatting to the crew and learning all about the lifeboat service and there was much interest in the Community Safety Officer’s stall set up for the Respect the Water Campaign, where information and advice was available to encourage people to enjoy the coast, but to be aware of the power of the sea and how to stay safe.
During the afternoon a surprise donation was received. Alex, Nathan and Esther Munday, who live in Kazakhstan, had been so impressed when watching the television programme ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, that they decided to raise money for the RNLI. They made and sold bracelets and beaded jewellery, entertained friends with circus performances and saved their pocket money to donate to the RNLI. While visiting Barmouth to see relatives, the ‘Kids from Kazakhstan’ called in to make their donation of £21.00.
Thanks to the dedication of fundraisers and crew, and to the generosity of the public, over £1,529.52 was raised on the day. Barmouth RNLI would like to thank all those who visited for their continued support for this worthy cause.
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.