'Hats for Survivors' donation to Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at the Teesside based ‘Blue Light Babies’ charity recently donated several knitted woollen hats to the Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station.

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Pictured wearing some of the donated hats are Hartlepool RNLI volunteers(left to right) Liam Dunnett, Ray Walker and Andrew Booth.

The ‘Hats for Survivors’ donation was presented to the station by Blue Light Babies charity member Vicky Coates whose dad Steve Pounder is a volunteer lifeboat crew member at the station.

30- year-old mum of three Vicky said: ‘The idea for the project came from our charity organiser Jo Owen who thought it would be a good idea to help the casualties rescued by the RNLI.

'Over the years my dad has told me stories about how cold casualties can become after being in the sea and the effects of hypothermia, so to help those rescued keep warm, some of the volunteer members at Blue Light Babies made some hats for the RNLI volunteers to give to casualties should the need occur.'

Ray Walker deputy launch authority at the Ferry Road lifeboat station said: ‘This is a very kind donation from the volunteers at the charity and will no doubt be appreciated by any casualties we are looking after who are feeling the cold after being in the sea or otherwise.'

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