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The buzz returns to Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat Station for Open Day 2022

Lifeboats News Release

Saturday 30 July 2022 saw the return to a full Open Day since the pandemic. It was great to be able to invite members of the public back with all volunteers connected to the station.

Bridlington RNLI Open Day 2022

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Mayor of Bridlington Councillor Mike Heslop-Mullens opens Bridlington RNLI Open Day

Hundreds of people visited the lifeboat station on Saturday to meet the volunteer crew of Bridlington RNLI. As is usual for a summer in Bridlington on Open Day, the weather yet again started off raining but as the day wore on it did improve and the sun even threatened to come out occasionally.

Thank you to all who attended at the Open Day and kindly donated, not only through the many activities taking place such as soak the crew, hook a lifeboat, octopus surprise, welly wanging, plus the many visitors who attended the RNLI shops in King Street and the Promenade. Thanks to all the volunteers, bakers and stall holders on the day who attended in their numbers and contributed to the day’s success. The amount raised on the day was a staggering £7,400.

Special thanks go to Bridlington Mayor Councillor Mike Heslop-Mullens and his wife Elaine who opened the day before visiting the many stalls at the event. Also, thanks to Isobel Chambers aged 10 who gave up her time to set up table top sales in order to buy a member of the crew a new pager. Members of the Royal Navy Sub Mariners ‘Buddies in Boats’ who raise donations through raffles, sponsorship and as many other activities, in order to supply one crew member with a full ALB sea going safety kit, and Councillor Liam Dealtry who raised £7500 and donated £1500 to 5 charities which Bridlington RNLI was one during his term in office as Mayor of Bridlington enabling the purchase of another ALB sea going safety kit.

Bob Taylor (Chair of Fundraising, Bridlington RNLI) stated ‘Bridlington Lifeboats are so fortunate to have such lovely supporters, young Isobel did so well with her table top sale and the Buddies in Boats are always so generous when they visit Bridlington, as for Liam, any charity that is named in the mayor's list when he is in office is going to do very well indeed. We thank them and all our generous friends for their continued support’.

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Bridlington RNLI Open Day 2022

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Isobel Chambers (aged 10) hands over the RNLI pager to Volunteer crew member Tabatha Craig
Bridlington RNLI Open Day 2022

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Amelia Smith (aged 9), gets a face paint from Bridlington Sea Cadets
Bridlington RNLI Open Day 2022

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Harley Sutton (aged 9) wins the dance off with Bridlington Gold radio
Bridlington RNLI Open Day 2022

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Buddies for Boats with volunteer Crew member Jason Stephenson
Bridlington RNLI Open Day 2022

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Councillor Liam Dealtry with volunteer crew member Mike Patrick

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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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