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Big thanks to Hastings Lifeboat

July 4, 2009

lifeboatOn Thursday I visited the Hastings Lifeboat Station.

I have been wanting to go for ages but have struggled to find a working day where I haven’t had a toddler in tow.

This week we are on a ‘staycation’ – making the most of the numerous holiday activities to do in Hastings & Rye. 

The beauty of this, I must confess, is that our daughter still goes to nursery on her regular days!

Steve the Coxswain showed me round the station and the amazing equipment on the ‘all weather’ boat.

I learnt that Hastings is among the three most difficult launch spots in the country.  And that it is the launching and the return beaching that are the most hazardous parts of the Lifeboat’s work in the midst of a gale.

We all, rightly, hold our Lifeboatmen and women in great esteem.

I am particularly happy to have been to learn more about this crucial public service and its volunteers, given that I have been fundraising for the RNLI since aged five years old!

My mum and I would shake the orange plastic lifeboats in front of Morrisons supermarket in St Helens when I was a wee one.

Little did I know at the time just how important these brave men and women are to us all.

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