Blessing of the Lifeboat
The annual blessing of the boats took place at Newbiggin lifeboat station today.
Once again the service and blessing was well supported with the popular Salvation Army and St Marks singers taking a role also.
After the service the Ladies Fundraising Team provided refreshments for the gathered guests.
The blessing was the first one for our new lifeboat chaplain the Reverend Anthony O'Grady who upon blessing the lifeboat cast holy water over the vessel and the volunteers standing nearby.
Preparations are well in hand for next weekend's important event which this year will also look to promote the recruitment of new volunteers.The charity is hoping to attract people from all walks of life and new recruits don’t need to have sea-going experience to get involved. Team players with good general fitness and the ability to learn new skills would be ideally suited to the role.
Potential recruits must live or work within five miles of the station and be between 17 and 55 years of age.
Mark Hopkins RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, explained:
‘Only 10 percent of our new recruits come with professional maritime experience, our current lifeboat crew is testament to this as we have a builder, car mechanic and a surveyor.
‘The RNLI provides comprehensive training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain some fantastic experience, knowledge and skills with the RNLI in Newbiggin.
‘Around 95 percent of RNLI people are volunteers and find the experience an extremely rewarding one. It’s a great way to make new friends whilst helping to save lives at sea.’
To qualify as lifeboat crew, volunteers need to be:
· Aged 17 to 55
· Living or working within 5 miles of the station at Newbiggin
· Generally fit
For more information, contact Mark Hopkins on Tel: 01670 817320 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or email@example.com or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.