Volunteer crew members from Trearddur Bay, Moelfre, Holyhead and Beaumaris attended the Seafarer’s service on 7 July at St Cybi’s church in Holyhead.
The volunteers from the Anglesey lifeboat stations attended the service on Sunday 7 July, which was an event dedicated to thanking those who volunteer to help others. Not only were the volunteer crew praised for their hard work through the service, the RNIB charity showed their appreciation through gifting them hand knitted scarves.
The Knit and Natter group, founded by RNIB volunteer Fay Jones, are a blind and partially sighted knitting group from Holyhead. The group made 37 scarves for crew members from all four of RNLI’s lifeboat stations in Anglesey in the charity’s signature colours.
RNIB volunteer Fay said, ‘I started the Knit and Natter group to help other blind and partially sighted people in the community to come together and chat over our knitting needles.
‘The group really enjoyed making these special RNLI scarves, and we are so grateful to everyone who turned up to the Seafarer’s Service. It was a fantastic way to honour the crucial services of volunteers across Anglesey and a wonderful day out.’
Tony Price, Coxswain at Holyhead Lifeboat Station said, 'Receiving the scarves from the RNIB charity's knitting group was such a kind gesture, and was really appreciated by our Anglesey crews. The Seafarer's Service was a proud occasion for all of us RNLI volunteers, who provide a 24/7 search and rescue service, on our mission to save lives at sea.'
The scarves were such a hit with the Anglesey crews that the group knitted more colourful versions for the volunteers to choose from. Since the Seafarer’s Service took place, the RNIB group visited Holyhead Lifeboat Station and were given a tour by the RNLI volunteers.
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