Barmouth RNLI held another successful ‘Come Visit us Day’ on Sunday 29 July 2018. Organised by Visits Officer Eve Williams with the help of many of the crew, members of the public were invited to come to the lifeboat house to see the boats at first hand.
As the recent heatwave ended, the wet and windy weather made for a disappointing start, but by lunchtime the crew had their work cut out guiding hundreds of visitors, young and old, through the station. Each had the chance to view the two lifeboats and the tractors, to examine the equipment and to meet and speak with volunteer crew members to learn exactly what happens on a lifeboat shout. The fundraisers worked hard selling refreshments and cakes, and goody bags of RNLI souvenirs were handed out. The event is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of the RNLI in our seaside community, to thank the public for their support, both locally and nationally, and to give them an insight into how their donations are used. Admission was free and although this is not designed to be a fund-raising event, donations made by generous members of the public on the day amounted to over £600 being raised - all helping provide a first class service to save lives at sea.
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.