Wells RNLI volunteer is 'proud' every time she goes to sea
Mandy Humphreys has been volunteering for the RNLI at Wells-next-the sea station for four years. She was inspired by her mother, who herself has been an education volunteer and fundraiser at Newbiggin-by-the-sea lifeboat station for over 50 years.
When Mandy made the move to Norfolk and was thinking of approaching the Wells RNLI to join as a volunteer, she chatted with her mum about her concerns that she would not have the strength to pass some of the tests.
Mandy says: 'I remember my mam telling me you're a Northumbrian lass like Grace Darling. She was smaller than you, and she managed to save nine lives by herself!’
This was the encouragement she needed and Mandy has been a valued crew member ever since.
As well as being a part of the station’s inshore and all-weather lifeboat crew, Mandy does a lot of water safety work. She works with local schools and organisations to educate local communities to prevent people getting into danger in the water, and to give the knowledge and understanding of what to do if they find themselves in danger in or around the water. Mandy thinks it’s a great way of saving lives at sea without getting wet.
Mandy’s passion for her role is quite obvious. When talking to her, she describes being 'so proud her heart almost bursts with pride every time she goes out on a shout.'
She says: ‘I've been asked a lot whether I ever get scared. I'm scared every time I go out! My Gran used to say, ‘being scared and doing it anyway is the definition of courage.’
Mandy believes you've got to be the change you want to see in the world.
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