Will Nessa really join Barry Dock RNLI on call this New Year's Eve?

Lifeboats News Release

Hit BBC show 'Gavin and Stacey' was enjoyed by over 11.5 million viewers on Christmas night and lead character Nessa, played by RNLI supporter Ruth Jones, gave a special mention to Barry Dock RNLI.

Gavin and Stacey's Nessa, played by Ruth Jones, supporting the RNLI in Porthcawl.

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Gavin and Stacey's Nessa, played by Ruth Jones, supporting the RNLI in Porthcawl.

The mention came as Nessa announced on the Christmas special that she was on duty for the lifeboat this New Year's Eve. The hugely successful series, filmed around Barry, is a particular favourite of the towns volunteers lifeboat crew.

As families sat down to watch the show, plans were in place for the Barry Dock RNLI volunteer crew to be available to respond to their pagers at a moments notice. A selfless action to leave their family and friends to help others in difficulty.

Ruth, who has family connections to Porthcawl Lifeboat Station and is a supporter of the RNLI, has helped the charity by hosting fundraising events in the past.

As the charity faces the perfect storm where our lifeboats are busier than ever, people are still drowning and the money needed to run our lifesaving charity doesn't match the donations received each year, the support of Ruth is valuable to the RNLI during this 'Perfect Storm'.

Although Nessa's mention of her duty at the station this New Year's Eve was indeed tongue in cheek, the Barry Dock crew will be on call. Like all 238 other stations situated around the coast of the UK and Ireland, the RNLI are supported by volunteer crews and are ready to respond to the call this festive period.

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