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Redcar RNLI hosts Our Blue Light relay torch

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The Redcar RNLI lifeboat station hosted a visit by a relay aimed at bringing emergency services together to raise awareness of mental health and to rid the stigma surrounding it.

The Our Blue Light torch at Redcar RNLI to highlight mental health issues amongst 999 services

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The Our Blue Light torch at Redcar RNLI to highlight mental health issues amongst 999 services
On Tuesday 8 August 2017 the relay torch was brought to the lifeboat station by Ian Widdas and Phil Spencer of Cleveland Police and was handed into the care of RNLI volunteer crew member Paul McQuillan in front of an assembled group representing some of the emergency service who watch for and respond to incidents on the coast.

At the end of the visit the torch was handed back to the police officers so that it could continue on it's journey through the area before finally ending its journey in the North West of England in September.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: 'The recent high profile incidents in London and elsewhere have really highlighted the work of the emergency services, including those from the voluntary 999 services like the RNLI.

'The relay comes on the back of the Blue Light Programme started by the mental health charity Mind, who's research show's that members of the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support.'

The relay began in Blackpool in April before passing through Lancashire, the Peak District and then Yorkshire, taking in the Scarborough lifeboat station before arriving at the peak of Roseberry Topping. There the baton was handed over to Cleveland Police for the start of it's journey through the Teesside area. The torch's progress can be followed on twitter.com/OurBlueLight and more information on the Mind Blue Light Programme can be found at mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/bluelight.

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Notes to editors:

Attached are images of the Our Blue Light relay at Redcar RNLI. Group image shows Redcar RNLI, UK Coastguard, Coastwatch Redcar and the Zetland lifeboat museum with Ian Widdas and Phil Spencer of Cleveland Police. Image shows the torch being handed to Paul McQuillan of Redcar RNLI by Steve Hart, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for HM Coastguard. Image shows Ian Widdas (left) and Phil Spencer of Cleveland Police with the Our Blue Light torch. All images Credit Dave Cocks/RNLI.

Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Nicolas Thomas of Shropshire

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The Our Blue Light torch being handed to RNLI volunteer Paul McQuillan

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The Our Blue Light torch being handed to RNLI volunteer Paul McQuillan
Ian Widdas (left) and Phil Spencer of Cleveland Police at Redcar lifeboat station with the Our Blue Light torch

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Ian Widdas (left) and Phil Spencer of Cleveland Police at Redcar lifeboat station with the Our Blue Light torch

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