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Cromer RNLI is holding a volunteer recruitment open day

Lifeboats News Release

The event will take place on Saturday 10 February between 10:30am and 3:00pm at both the lifeboat stations.

RNLI/Michah Summerwill

Volunteer crew

As the charity celebrates its 200th anniversary Cromer RNLI is looking for volunteers to be part of their next lifesaving generation.

Volunteers will be at the inshore lifeboat station (at the bottom of the Gangway by the Henry Blogg Museum) and the all-weather lifeboat station at the end of Cromer Pier to meet and chat to anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer.

It will be a great opportunity to find out more about volunteering opportunities at Cromer. There are a wide range of roles across the whole lifesaving family. These include shore crew and boat crew, launch authorities, boathouse attendants, and roles in visits team, shop, museum, admin support, and fundraising.

Jane Brucass, volunteer shore crew and head of visits teams said: 'When I moved to Cromer six years ago I wanted to get involved in the local community and it has been a great way to make friends, and be part of a great charity. It’s been great fun and really rewarding. I have been able to use skills learnt in my career and although I started in the visits team I then trained to be part of the shore crew as well.

'I would encourage anyone to come along and find out more about working with a team of likeminded people. Seagoing experience is not needed and with first class training for all our roles; whatever your experience and whatever time you have you won't regret joining us and being part of our lifesaving work.'

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please contact Clare Stagg, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Key facts about Cromer RNLI

The Cromer Lifeboat Station was established in 1804 and was not taken over by the Institution from the Norfolk Shipwreck Association until 1857. Since 1923 there have been two lifeboats at Cromer, and currently there is a D Class inshore boat and Tamar all-weather lifeboat. The outstanding figure in the history of Cromer is Henry George Blogg who became a member of the Cromer crew in 1894 at the age of 18. He was coxswain from 1909-1947. During his 53 years as a lifeboat crew member, the Cromer lifeboats had been on service 387 times and rescued 873 lives. His record is without equal in the history of the Institution. No lifeboat crew member has received so many decorations for gallantry.

RNLI/Neil Longdin

Volunteer crew

RNLI/Demi Trenholne

Volunteer crew launching lifeboat on training

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

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