Yesterday turned out bright and sunny for the stations annual Open Day. It was a chance for people to meet some of our crew and find out about what we do and how we do it. Have a chance to go on board our lifeboat and tractor rig and see close up the controls and equipment. This was a great hit and enjoyed by both adults and children.
In addition our many shop staff and fundraising volunteers had made a wide range of home-made cakes plus hot dogs. Our lifeboat shop was open for RNLI clothes, gifts, toys and beach essentials like buckets, spades & fishing nets. In place of our lifeboat, which was outside, there were craft stalls, tombola, RNLI Christmas cards and calendars and a raffle.
Unfortunately our hovercraft was not available to view due to a technical problem with our transporter. It simply meant we couldn’t bring it by road from its ‘hangar’ at Harrison Drive, New Brighton. For call outs and exercises we fly directly from its ‘hangar’ to the beach at Harrison Drive and then straight out to sea.
At 11am we had a visit from the Mayor & Mayoress of Wirral Councillor Pat Hackett and his wife Elaine. They met members of the stations volunteers – crew, management, shop staff and fundraisers.
In addition the Mayor presented lifeboat stations chairman Tony Jones with the RNLI Gold Badge award & certificate for long service. Tony joined the crew in New Brighton in 1978 who has been and continues to be passionate about saving lives around the often treacherous waters of the Mersey initially at sea and latterly ashore as chairman of the stations Lifeboat Management Group. Recently he led a community initiative to have a defibrillator placed outside the lifeboat station.
Following the presentation the Mayor made a very informative speech both in praise of the stations volunteers and about developments locally in the borough.
During the day we welcomed many visitors to the station including past crew members and supporters.
We were also privileged to have the vocal support of The Liverpool Shanty Kings who performed a series of sea shanties to an appreciative audience many of whom who were happily singing along.
A special cake was also made depicting a lifeboatman by the mother of one of our young supporters Daniel Richards, this was ceremoniously cut by the Mayor and subsequently enjoyed by our volunteers – perhaps a touch of culinary cannibalism !!!
The day was very successful with members of the public learning more about the work of our charity and the dangers on our coasts. They generously supported us by purchasing the various goodies on sale and participating in the raffle, tombola and donations.
The day could not have worked without the dedication of all the stations volunteers who give their time and skills freely to support our local community – crew, shop staff, fundraisers and management. We must not forget the support given by the families of all those involved for without their forbearance we couldn’t function and do what we do – Saving Lives at Sea.
To see full range of photos from the day click on our Gallery 2016 page
The station is run entirely by volunteers and the RNLI is a charity which does not have government funding and we prefer it that way.