The RNLI has launched its annual Christmas fundraising appeal, with a focus on the generations of families who have volunteered their time and commitment 24/7, 365 days a year, to ensure the charity’s lifesaving service has continued for nearly 200 years.
On average, RNLI lifeboats launch over 100 times during the Christmas period (24-31 December) every year. Whatever weather winter throws at them, RNLI crews are ready to battle the elements to save lives at sea. These rescues, and others all year round, are only made possible by the RNLI’s generous supporters, helping to fund the essential kit, training and equipment needed by lifeboat crews.
Christmas is a time for family and a time for sharing stories of times and generations past. For the Gedge family from Bangor, Co. Down these stories often involve saving lives at sea. Volunteer helm Andrew Gedge said: “Our volunteer crews are ready to leave their family plans this Christmas and answer the call for help – even on Christmas Day.”
And for volunteer crew member Johnny Gedge, there’s no feeling quite like bringing someone home safe to their families – especially at Christmas. “However, as a volunteer lifeboat crew we couldn’t launch without kind donations from the public which fund the kit, training and equipment we need to save others and get home safely to our own families.”