Retired engineers donate funds to RNLI after fleet maintenance open evening

Lifeguards News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has received a donation following an open evening at Perranporth’s Area Support Centre to demonstrate the extensive work the RNLI technical department take on behind the scenes to keep our lifesaving service running.

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RNLI systems technicians opening evening with the IRTE

A group of semi-retired engineers from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) who have a passion for all things technical, visited Perranporth ASC to attend a presentation by the RNLI maintenance staff detailing how the charity’s technical team maintain and repair its extensive fleet of lifesaving equipment.

On Thursday 23 June, RNLI Systems Technician James Cornish kicked off the evening with a presentation of the lifesaving equipment such as all-terrain vehicles, rescue water craft, inshore rescue boats and four-wheel-drives, before moving on to a tour of the workshop and maintenance and repair facilities.

James said:

‘It was a rather nerve-racking evening as I hadn’t done any public speaking since I’d left college, which was quite some time ago now, but I managed to keep the group entertained.

‘I was lucky enough to borrow some display aids from the technical training department at the RNLI headquarters in Poole which helped me to explain how some of equipment operates. I also arranged some lifeguard equipment around the support centre workshop – it looked good, almost like a car show room.’

At the end of the evening, the IRTE group presented the RNLI with a £120 donation to show their appreciation of our lifesavers and technical team, which has been passed on to the St. Agnes Fundraising Guild.

Howard Stevens of the IRTE said:

‘The explanation of the unique challenges that the team face in maintaining and repairing RNLI vehicles and craft was truly amazing; we would like to express our sincere appreciation for an excellent presentation and evening in the workshops.’

Notes to editors

- Please see attached photos of the IRTE with some of the RNLI technical team in Cornwall

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IRTE presenting the RNLI with a donation

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RNLI and IRTE opening evening at Perranporth ASC

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