Penarth RNLI welcome new recruit on Volunteers Week

Lifeboats News Release

Nia Youngs is the third generation of her family to volunteer for the RNLI and has just become the youngest volunteer at Penarth.

Three members of the Austin family standing and smiling to camera

RNLI/Nick White

The Austin Family RNLI volunteer

This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers Week. To celebrate, we want to welcome the newest, and youngest volunteer at RNLI Penarth.

At 18, Nia is studying for her A-levels at Stanwell School and is the latest in a long line of family supporters to the RNLI as her Nan, Ann Austin and Aunty, Sarah Austin, are also involved and give their spare time to the charity.

Nia is thrilled to join her Nan helping out in the RNLI shop on Penarth seafront. Her Aunty Sarah, still manages to find time to support the shop every month as well as being a full time employee of the RNLI.

Sarah said: 'We all enjoy each others company in the shop, and helping to support saving lives at sea!'

The station can't wait for the next installment of the Austin dynasty.

The RNLI relies on its volunteers in a wide variety of roles to help save lives at sea. As well as volunteer boat crew, the RNLI needs volunteer shore crew, shop volunteers, fundraisers, press officers and more! If you are interested in volunteering for the RNLI you can find more here

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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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