Your Launch a Memory Wells updates
1. Book your Lifeboat and Station Tour now!
Starting in January 2023, the Wells volunteer guides will be showing supporters around the lifeboat station on 50 minute tours. These are free but limited to 12 people at a time so must be booked in advance.
2. Welcome home Duke of Edinburgh!
Over the weekend of 8th October 2022, our Wells all-weather Shannon class arrived bathed in sunlight to an emotional welcome from volunteers and the local Wells community after a week-long voyage from our All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. It was a poignant day, as this special lifeboat carries the names of nearly 15,000 loved ones who will be celebrated and remembered every time the crew heads out to save lives at sea. Watch the video to see the arrival of the lifeboat.
3. Getting up close with the lifeboat
On the 20th - 24th August 2022 we had the privilege of welcoming you to come to see the Wells lifeboat at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. This was a very special event and we were honoured to meet many of you and hear the stories you shared of your loved ones.
For those unable to attend, we recorded a short video of the event which is available to watch now. Launch a Memory is a very special campaign, with extra special supporters and we look forward to your lifeboat arriving on station later this year.
The Wells’ lifeboat has been partly funded by the local community, by several legacies to the RNLI’s general funds as well as our corporate partner The Lifeboat Fund. Overall, the campaign raised an incredible £1,082,701.53 including gift aid!
4. Your Wells retail range
We’ve developed a range of high-quality, affordable mementos that are available to purchase now, so that you can keep your loved one’s memory next to you, as well as on the lifeboat beside the Wells lifeboat crew when they launch to save lives at sea.
Wells water safety
In recent years, approximately 1 out of every 2 people rescued by Wells Lifeboat crew were beach visitors cut off by the tide.
It is important to check the weather and tide times before setting off on your journey and make sure someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be back. To stay safe, ensure you return to dry sand/land at least 4 hours before high tide. During the summer, a warning siren will sound on Wells beach as a reminder to return immediately to dry sand/land.
If you're walking on the beach, when the tide is out, you could end up unaware of the water in the channel creeping in beside you. If the area is completely surrounded by water call the Coastguard IMMEDIATELY on 999.
Download a tide app like TidesNearMe or MyTideTimes or view the tide times online.