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Burnham Lifeboat Recruitment Open Day

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Do you live and work local to Burnham? How do you spend your spare time? Would you like to make a worthwhile contribution to saving lives at sea? If you can see yourself as an RNLI Volunteer, come to the Burnham on Crouch Lifeboat Station  Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 30th April, from 11am to 4pm.

Timed to coincide with the RNLI’s annual MayDay awareness campaign, the Recruitment Open Day is an opportunity to learn about handling and maintaining the two lifeboats operating from the Burnham Yacht Harbour and put yourself in the picture.

Burnham’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dick Rycroft, explained, “Volunteers are what keeps the RNLI saving lives at sea. Since the Burnham Lifeboat was started 50 years ago it has been called out 1,100 times and rescued nearly 1,000 people, saving over 60 lives. Anyone who has ever considered volunteering before needs to know, You can be part of this. Volunteers are welcome at all levels, from supporting fundraising, to shore crew and, of course, boat crew for the D class Inshore Life Boat and Atlantic 85 which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from Burnham Yacht Harbour, whatever the weather. Come along for a cuppa and a chat about the reality of being a Lifeboat volunteer and see how you could fit in.”

Awareness of the work of RNLI charity and its volunteer lifeboat crew will be raised this Spring, as a new BBC documentary called, “Saving Lives at Sea” will air soon on BBC One featuring the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s volunteer lifeboat crew. Filmed over the course of several months at seven different lifeboat stations across the UK, the series portrays what life is like for those volunteers who must be ready at any time of day or night to help someone in trouble at sea or on the River Thames.

RNLI  volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 220 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 141,000 lives.

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