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RNLI200 Scroll at Penlee

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 11th April, at RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station a special event was held to commemorate the RNLI 200 Connecting our Communities Scroll.

Picture shows coxswain signing the scroll

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RNLI coxswain Patch Harvey signs the scroll
The RNLI continues to mark its 200th anniversary in 2024 and one of the events sees a scroll, bearing the RNLI pledge, being passed through RNLI communities – lifeboat stations, shops, lifeguard units and fundraising branches – around the UK and Ireland and being signed by representatives at each location on its route.

The RNLI Pledge has been on its way since having left Westminster Abbey on 4th March to start its journey and arrived at the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station today where it was signed by RNLI Penlee coxswain Patch Harvey, Janet Madron chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group and Rosalie Whitlock secretary.

Patch became the 200th signatory on the scroll in the RNLI’s 200th anniversary year.

On the scroll is the phrase: ‘Signed in 2024 by representatives of the RNLI’s lifesaving communities, on behalf of all who strive to save every one’, which has been translated into Cornish, as well as Irish Gaelic, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Ulster Scots and Manx, to represent all of our RNLI communities.

It also contains the RNLI One Crew Pledge which reads: ‘Whoever we are, wherever we are from, we are one crew, ready to save lives. We’re powered by passion, talent and kindness, like generations of selfless lifesavers before us. This is our watch, we lead the way, valuing each other, trusting each other, depending on one another, volunteering to face the storm together. Knowing that, with courage, nothing is impossible. That is what has always driven us to save every one we can. It's what makes every one of us a lifesaver.’

People can follow the progress of the scroll on its journey around the UK on an interactive map at

Notes to editors
Penlee RNLI is based in Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5HW. The volunteers crew an all-weather Severn Class Lifeboat the Ivan Ellen (but currently have a relief lifeboat Volunteer Spirit while Ivan Ellen is being serviced) and a B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat the Mollie and Ivor Dent. The Penlee Lifeboat has a rich 200 years history of saving lives at sea.
RNLI media contacts For more information, please contact Phil Monckton, Penlee Lifeboat Press Officer on 07879818095 or [email protected], or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Communications Manager [email protected] or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Communications Officer, on 07786 668847 or [email protected].

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Picture shows a group of people with the scroll

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RNLI Penlee Lifeboat crew with the scroll
Picture shows a group of people with the scroll

RNLI/Philip Monckton

RNLI Penlee Lifeboat team

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