Bradley's life savings help Rhyl RNLI volunteers save lives at sea!
Bradley Edwards, at the tender age of 4, learnt about the RNLI and how we save lives at sea, when he attended Chec Mates Nursery in Telford, Shropshire, recently.
He was encouraged to make a reminder of the work the RNLI volunteers undertook, and so he copied the design of the RNLI lifejacket, and told his mum Donna, that he would present it to a lifeboat to help them when he was next near a lifeboat station.
Donna rang Rhyl station, as the family would be on holiday nearby in May. She spoke to Paul Frost, the station Press Officer, who said they could call in any morning to get a VIP tour of the station.
Unbeknown to Bradley, his mum arranged to go to the lifeboat station, where they were met by Paul, who gave them a special tour of the boathouse, the two lifeboats and the launching equipment. Bradley was beside himself with joy as he was allowed to sit in the helmsman position on the all-weather lifeboat 'Lil Cunningham' and also go on board the inshore lifeboat 'Mary Maxwell'.
As the tour was ending, Bradley presented Paul with an envelope containing £10, which was the sum total of Bradley's pocket money. He had saved it up so that he could contribute to Rhyl station's Shannon lifeboat appeal, for when we get the new all-weather Shannon-class lifeboat in 2019.
Paul Frost says 'The whole station here at Rhyl are so proud and honoured that Bradley considered our lifeboat appeal for his donation. He is certainly a great guy and his lifejacket will be hanging in our display room in the station. As a charity, we rely on donations such as Bradley's to keep us saving lives at sea'.
Pictures show Bradley and his Mum Donna with the donated lifejacket model, and Bradley at the helm of the All-weather lifeboat at Rhyl
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 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