ANOTHER GREAT NEW YEAR’S DAY SPLASH FOR BARMOUTH RNLI
Brave volunteers and supporters of Barmouth RNLI turned out once again on a cold January morning for their annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay.
Crowds gathered at the boathouse on Barmouth promenade to watch over sixty friends and visitors from far and wide take the plunge to raise money for the RNLI.
At 11 am, on the instructions of Coxswain Peter Davies, young and old raced down to the shoreline and threw themselves into the sea. Under the watchful eye of the crew of the Barmouth RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman and the UK Coastguard service, they brought a welcome splash of colour and fun to the first day of January 2018.
After their dip, hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast were served in the Lifeboat station, and the cannons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘All our RNLI volunteers and fundraisers are extremely grateful to locals and visitors who came from all corners of the UK to take part in the dip. Not only for their bravery today, but for their enthusiasm and continuing support for the charity that saves lives at sea. We have raised over £1,000 today and there is still more sponsorship money to be collected. This is a great start to another year of fundraising, thank you all very much.’
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 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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland