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RNLI makes its mark at Isle of Wight's County Show

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI was well represented at the Isle of Wight’s County Show yesterday (Sunday), with crew and visits team members from the Cowes lifeboat station, Guild members from Bembridge station, and a representative of the charity’s nationwide Lifeguard operat

 In addition there was a D-Class lifeboat, provided by the East Cowes-based Inshore Lifeboat Centre.


To further raise the charity’s profile, an RNLI team won a Wight Fibre-sponsored rock-climbing contest in the main ring, involving eight teams from a variety of organisations. Their prize was £300 for the charity.


And later in the day crew member Dominic Roberton became the centre of attention when passers-by were invited to each cut small bunches of his long auburn hair, which had not been cut for nine years. Dominic, a structural engineer with a firm of naval architects, planned to donate the hair to an alopecia charity, and divide cash donations between the RNLI and NileSwimmers Org, a charity that seeks to reduce the number of drownings in Africa.


One of the people to wield the scissors, and give a handsome donation, was Maj Gen Martin White, the Island’s Lord Lieutenant and President of the Royal IW County Agricultural Society.


Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland