Sir William Hillary Birthday
In 1824, Sir William Hillary wrote an appeal to the British people. Having witnessed devastating shipwrecks around the coast, and the terrible affect it had on communities, he wanted to form an institution. Its goal - to save lives at sea. In his appeal, he detailed how this institution would be dedicated to helping those in need of rescue, no matter who they were or where they come from.
His lifesaving vision is continued by the selfless, dedicated and courageous volunteers of the RNLI today.
Sir William Hillary, 4 January 1771-5 January 1847