Shrewsbury RNLI super fan gets the stamp of approval from Porthdinllaen RNLI
Kate Myers aged 10 from Meole Village in Shrewsbury has been inspired to support the RNLI after watching BBC1’s Saving Lives At Sea. She was so impressed by the dedication and commitment of RNLI volunteers, she decided to give a presentation to her Brownies group about the charity’s work.
The Meole Brace Brownies were so impressed, they took it upon themselves to collect used stamps to raise funds to help the charity that saves lives at sea. The stamps were donated to Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Station in North Wales. Kate has a strong family connection to the area, as her family have holidayed in the area since she was born.
Kate was thrilled to receive a recorded message of thanks from the station’s Coxswain Owain Williams.
Kate wrote to the RNLI this year and her words touched senior managers who shared her message widely during an exceptionally busy period on the Welsh coast during the summer. It was hugely inspirational for the volunteer crew to think young people like Kate were grateful for all their efforts:
‘Dear RNLI. Thank you for all the time you spend being ready to help each and every one of us and our pets. I am really glad you are keeping everyone so safe. You can have helped a lot of people in the summer. When I am older, I want to be part of the RNLI. You need to be really happy with your help that you can do for us. Think about what if you guys weren’t a part of this. Well done! You are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!'
Kate send a small video of her telling the Porthdinllaen crew about the efforts of the Brownies and the station’s Coxswain Owain Williams replied with a video message. Owain said:
‘It’s people like Kate who make it possible for our lifeboat to continue to go out to sea and save lives. Our volunteers give up their time as they are so committed to the cause, they don’t do it for recognition. However, we were all incredibly heartened when we heard, that Kate at such a young age appreciated what we do and had set herself the challenge or raising awareness of what we do. We are so grateful for the stamps and appreciate all the efforts that went into collecting them.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI media manager in Wales and the North West on 07786 668829 or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.
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.