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Thousands brave windy Bank Holiday for Hoylake & West Kirby Lifeboat Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Hoylake Promenade was host to around 10,000 visitors at this year’s Hoylake & West Kirby Lifeboat Open Day on Monday 27 August, which raised approximately £17,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) despite the blustery Bank Holiday weather.

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RNLI mascot Stormy Stan waves to crowds from Hoylake's Shannon class lifeboat 'Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood'

Hundreds of people took the opportunity to step aboard Hoylake RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and the station’s Inshore Rescue Hovercraft Hurley Spirit. West Kirby RNLI also displayed their highly manoeuvrable D class inshore lifeboat Seahorse while the RNLI’s Face-to-Face Team talked to members of the public about water safety and the vital role that the RNLI plays in saving lives at sea.

Dozens of exhibitors and stallholders lined the promenade including the Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team, who displayed their vehicles and equipment to the public. The Northern Kite Group also demonstrated their kites on the beach while families enjoyed the many fairground attractions and games stalls.

BBC Radio Merseyside’s Andy Ball kept the crowds entertained and informed as the event’s official announcer, interviewing RNLI and other emergency service volunteers throughout the day. Hoylake Lifeboat Station was also open to the public where RNLI souvenirs, cakes and refreshments were on sale.

Hoylake & West Kirby Lifeboat Open Day has been a Bank Holiday fixture in the local community for many years and, thanks to the generosity of members of the public who attend, raises vital funds to help the RNLI continue saving lives at sea.

Event organiser Carole Jackson said: ‘The volunteer crews of both Hoylake and West Kirby Lifeboat Stations were thrilled that so many visitors turned out on the day, even though the weather was a tad chilly.’

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Hoylake Hovercraft 'Hurley Spirit' on show to the public on Hoylake Beach

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West Kirby Lifeboat volunteer crew members Karl Favager (left) and Liam Dufley (right) have a selfie with their lifeboat

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Thousands of people visited Hoylake Promenade for Open Day despite the windy weather

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Hundreds of people took the chance to step aboard Hoylake's Shannon class lifeboat 'Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood'

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