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Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station Volunteer to feature in upcoming episode of new RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) new 200 Voices podcast launched on Friday 18 August 2023 and, in the run-up to the charity’s bicentenary on 4 March 2024, an episode will be released every day for 200 days, exploring captivating stories from the charity’s history, through to the curr

Picture shows Maria Barbashina with the 25 portraits she painted of Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers

RNLI/Nick Marks

Maria Barbashina with the 25 portraits she painted of Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers

In her podcast, released on Saturday 7th October, Maria Barbashina from Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Station will be telling listeners about her project to paint the portraits of 25 Lifeboat Station volunteers during the Covid pandemic, and how she used the opportunity of painting sessions to get to know crew members as she started her RNLI lifeboat crew training. She has since qualified as lifeboat crew and has taken part in numerous service calls.

The RNLI has been saving lives at sea since it was founded in 1824 and, in that time, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 144,000 lives. Funded by voluntary donations, and with lifeboats crewed by specially-trained volunteers, the RNLI is a truly unique rescue organisation with a remarkable 200-year story to tell – many highlights of which are shared through the podcast series.

Available across all podcast platforms and the RNLI’s website, listeners can hear from survivors, supporters, volunteers, lifeguards, celebrity ambassadors, historians and many more from across the UK and Ireland – and beyond.

The 200 Voices series also includes celebrity ambassadors such as The Sixth Commandment actor Timothy Spall, Gavin and Stacey actress Ruth Jones, Irish musician Phil Coulter, gold medal Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie and BAFTA-winning actress Joanna Scanlan.

Launch into a podcast like no other: Listen to the RNLI’s 200 Voices daily wherever you get your podcasts or at

To find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary, visit

Notes to Editor:

  • An audio trailer for 200 Voices can be downloaded here and the video trailer here.

  • Find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary at


Photo 1. Maria Barbashina pictured with the 25 portraits of Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers she has painted. Photo Credit – Nick Marks

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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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