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Littlehampton RNLI charity calendar launched to help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station has launched a 2024 charity calendar to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Littlehampton RNLI past and present.

Photo of trainee crew Simone Spencer and Bea Homer with Littlehampton RNLI's 2024 calendar taken standing by the station's D-class lifeboat.

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Trainee crew Simone Spencer and Bea Homer with Littlehampton RNLI's 2024 calendar.

The calendar – which is available to buy from Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station, in Fisherman’s Quay, Littlehampton – includes 17 stunning images of the lifeboat station’s volunteer crew and lifeboats in action, alongside interesting facts about the lifeboat station’s history and operation.

The launch of the calendar coincides with the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, which was formed in 1824 to save lives at sea. Today, the RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, providing a 24-hour search and rescue service to help those in peril at sea. In addition, RNLI Lifeguards offer a seasonal lifeguard service to look after people on busy beaches. RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824.

Littlehampton has a long and close relationship with the RNLI. The RNLI first opened a lifeboat station in the town in 1884. The modern lifeboat station opened in 1967 and was famously home to a series of lifeboats called Blue Peter I for 49 years. In addition to directly serving the local community, many RNLI lifeboats were fitted out and maintained in Littlehampton. Today, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station has two lifeboats – Renee Sherman and Ray of Hope.

The calendar costs £10 and all proceeds go towards saving lives at sea.

Cian Mathews, Littlehampton RNLI’s Fundraising Chair, said: ‘Our 2024 calendar is the perfect way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, and to give thanks to the volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI, who selflessly drop everything to save lives at sea.

By including current and historical images of our lifeboat station, the calendar is dedicated to everyone who has helped save lives at sea, and to its many supporters who make our lifesaving work possible.’

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Notes to editors

Littlehampton RNLI’s 2024 calendar is available to buy now for £10 from Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station, Fisherman’s Quay, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5BL. The lifeboat station is open to visitors daily from 10am-4pm.

Littlehampton RNLI’s volunteer crew look after the stretch of the West Sussex coast between Bognor Regis and Worthing. Littlehampton RNLI is independent from the Coastguard and receives no government funding. To find out more about Littlehampton RNLI, see https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2022/april/27/10-facts-about-littlehampton-rnli-lifeboat-station

RNLI media contacts

Beth Brooks, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Littlehampton RNLI

07544 209256 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East

07785 296252 [email protected]

The cover image of Littlehampton RNLI's 2024 calendar showing the station's two lifeboats at sea.

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

The cover image of Littlehampton RNLI's 2024 calendar.

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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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