RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Station Open Day kicks off in June

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI lifeboat station’s annual fundraiser gets underway on Sunday 30 June with plenty on offer for all ages. People can get up close to the lifeboat and chat to volunteer crew, as well as enjoy new activities alongside annual family favourites.

Lifeboat in carriage on lifeboat station forecourt with visitors and crew onboard with others standing around on the ground

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Visitors enjoy sitting in the RNLI lifeboat and learning more about its rescue capabilities in 2018

Visitors will be able to learn more about the RNLI inshore lifeboat, with volunteers on hand to talk about the rescue craft as well as the tractor that tows it in and out of the water.

Kids can once again take part in the popular wet-sponge throwing, face painting and lucky dip, with the name-and-win game for the prize of a cuddly toy dog, is a brand new activity in this year’s line-up.

Firm favourites include the tombola and the guess-the-weight-of-the-cake competition, while the summer raffle has around a dozen prizes offering something for everyone. The winner of a spring raffle for a Pro All Terrain bike – courtesy of Off the Rock Cycles, Wallasey – will be drawn on the day.

Homemade preserves and baked goods, crafts, toys and homeware will be on sale, while anyone wanting an early start on Christmas will be able to buy RNLI festive greeting cards, as well as 2020 diaries and calendars.

‘This is the major fundraising event in our lifeboat station’s calendar and it's crucial in helping us continue the lifesaving work of our charity.' said RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Thornton. 'It’s also a day we look forward to immensely, especially as it’s another opportunity for our volunteers to engage with local residents, supporters and those who may have needed or may one day need, our rescue service. We very much look forward to welcoming even more visitors this year.’

Stocked with a wide range of RNLI souvenirs, the lifeboat station shop will be open on the day with tickets for the spring raffle also on sale up to Open Day.

Refreshments include cakes, tea, coffee and cold drinks. Freshly prepared hot dogs will also be available.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm at RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Station, Kings Parade, New Brighton, CH45 2ND.

Young child high fives a kneeling Stormy Stan on the boathouse forecourt

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A young visitor is greeted by Stormy Stan at the RNLI station's Open Day in 2018

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RNLI Crew Member Mark gets one of many wet-sponge soakings during last year's event
People crowd around stalls and are shown seated enjoying refreshments inside the lifeboat station

RNLI/Cherie Rowlands

Hundreds of visitors helped raise record funds at the RNLI station's event last year
Side view of the lifeboat on its carriage with visitors sitting inside

RNLI/Cherie Rowlands

Visitors taking time on a lifeboat seat in the sun during last year's Open Day

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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