Thanksgiving Service held for Peel RNLI
Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney joined supporters of Peel RNLI for its annual Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday (11 August 2019)
The ecumenical service at Peel Cathedral was led by its Dean the Very Reverend Nigel Godfrey with contributions from Reverend Andy Fishburne of the Methodist Church and Reverend Father Brian O’Mahony, the Roman Catholic priest for Peel and Ramsey.
Chairman of the Peel Station Branch, Stuart Blackley, whose great, great grandfather was a RNLI volunteer at a time when rescue vessels were still rowed, thanked the Lieutenant Governor and all those who attended for their vital support.
He commended the selfless work of the lifeboat crew and the Branch’s Fundraising Committee. Stuart also recognised Eric Kelly, Karen and John Elliot, the Mariners Choir, Crosby and District Silver Band and Dr John Snelling for their moving musical contributions to the Thanksgiving Service.
In his remarks, Stuart looked to the future of the Peel Station with great anticipation, acknowledging that 2020 would see the arrival of a new Shannon class lifeboat, the latest, most agile and manoeuvrable vessel in the RNLI fleet.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded in 1824 by Sir William Hillary, a resident of the Isle of Man. Today, the charity has volunteers all around the British Isles and Ireland in more than 238 lifeboat stations.
The Peel Lifeboat Station was established in 1828. Its current lifeboat, Ruby Clery, an all-weather Mersey Class vessel, was named after the great, great granddaughter of Sir William Hillary. The boat’s crews are credited with saving 62 lives since it came into service in 1992.
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.