Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI invite community to step aboard their lifeboats

Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI are inviting the public to step aboard their lifeboats and meet the volunteer crews as the lifesaving charity celebrates its 200th anniversary.

The Wirral lifeboat stations’ annual Meet & Greet Day takes place on Saturday, 13 Jul,y from 10.00am until 4.00pm at Hoylake Lifeboat Station on North Parade.

Visitors will have the chance to see up close Hoylake RNLI’s all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and hovercraft and West Kirby RNLI’s inshore IB1 lifeboat.

The stations’ launch and recovery vehicles will also be on display, including Hoylake’s Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS) and West Kirby’s Hagglund BV206 launch vehicle – the only vehicle of its type based on station in the RNLI.

The two lifeboat stations’ volunteer crews will be showcasing how they work together with their specialist rescue equipment to save lives at sea and around the region’s coast. The Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and the local British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) will also be displaying the kit they use to save people and marine mammals.

A fantastic range of RNLI gifts and souvenirs will be on sale, including the RNLI’s ever-popular Christmas cards and calendars. Refreshments including teas, coffees and sweet treats will also be available to purchase in the boathouse.

With public parking limited on North Parade, visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, or use public transport where possible.

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen said, ‘We’re so grateful to our incredible community for supporting their local lifeboat crews, who are always on call 24/7. Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI’s Meet & Greet Day is always a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to see the lifesaving boats and kit that their donations help to fund.’

Howie added, ‘We’re especially thrilled to be opening up our doors in the RNLI’s 200th anniversary year as we commemorate our history, celebrate the bravery and commitment of our current volunteers, and hope to inspire future generations to join and support our maritime search and rescue service.’

In 2023, RNLI lifeboats in the UK and Ireland launched 9,192 times, helping 10,734 people and saving 269 lives. But as a charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary donations to power its lifesaving work, which last year cost a total of £191.2 million.

Last year’s Meet & Greet Day raised over £4,400 to fund the lifesaving work of the RNLI. Anyone wishing to donate online directly to support the lifeboat stations can visit https://fundraise.rnli.org/fundraisers/Hoylake

Image credit: Hoylake RNLI

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