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Byline: ‘The perfect gift for children this Christmas’, that’s how popular television presenter and actor Chris Jarvis has described the RNLI’s new heart-warming Christmas book.
Page Content: Kids’ TV favourite Chris visited the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station in London yesterday (Thursday 13 November) to do a special reading of the festive story on camera.

The film of Chris’ reading is due to be broadcast on the charity’s YouTube channel on Sunday 30 November as a special bedtime story. Like the RNLI on Facebook or follow @RNLI on Twitter for more details over the coming weeks.

The Big Christmas Rescue, which can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of a magical festive story, is now on sale – with all profits supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifesaving work.

Chris Jarvis said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue is a beautiful book and a great read – it’s the perfect gift for children this Christmas. I love the way the book can be personalised, putting readers at the heart of the story.

‘It’s so reassuring to know that the RNLI’s lifeboat crews are ready to rescue anyone who gets into trouble at sea – you, me, Old Jack and even Santa Claus!’

Written by the RNLI’s Senior Editor Rory Stamp, and illustrated by award-winning Hannah Cumming, the buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of this festive story, making it a truly unique gift. So whether this book is being bought for a son or daughter, a grandchild, niece or nephew – the ‘little loved one’ will be thrilled to flick through the pages and see themselves at the heart of the story.

Chris continued: ‘It was an honour to visit the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station on the banks of the Thames in London. The lifeboat crews do an amazing job keeping people safe on the water in all weathers, all of the time.

‘I do hope you enjoy the video of this fabulous festive story as much as I enjoyed reading it.’

The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night and most children are tucked up in bed. But when Santa crashes his sleigh in the sea, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members go to the rescue – with the help of a very special child.

This exciting, personalised tale of Christmas courage gives children a magical introduction to the work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers, while raising vital funds for the charity. The story features Santa, Rudolph and an RNLI lifeboat crew.

Author Rory, 37, is editor of the charity’s Lifeboat magazine. Based at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, he has written many stories of heroism and drama over the 10 years he’s worked for the lifesaving charity.

‘I wrote the story in the build up to Christmas 2013 and was able to try it out on the most honest and beautiful critics I could possibly have found, my daughters Lucie and Hattie. It is wonderful to see this book being well-loved by kids, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory, who wrote much of the book in his spare time.

The Big Christmas Rescue is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Hannah Cumming. The Bristol-based illustrator was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award in 2012 for her book The Lost Stars and has also written and illustrated two other books – The Cloud and The Red Boat. She has illustrated for the NSPCC and CBeebies, and has painted a Gromit sculpture for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.

Hannah, 31, said: ‘It was such a pleasure illustrating this book, not least because it’s the sort of lovely, heart-warming Christmas story I used to read every Christmas Eve as a child. But also because it was an opportunity to celebrate the vital work the brave RNLI volunteers carry out all year round.’

The book is priced at £9.95 and is available to order online at RNLISHOP.org/BigRescue. The last order date for The Big Christmas Rescue to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Monday 15 December 2014.

RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland during last year’s festive period*, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.

Notes to editors
• Rory Stamp, the book’s author, and Hannah Cumming, the book’s illustrator, may be available for media interviews. To request an interview, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• *The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Byline: ‘The perfect gift for children this Christmas’, that’s how popular television presenter and actor Chris Jarvis has described the RNLI’s new heart-warming Christmas book.
Page Content: Kids’ TV favourite Chris visited the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station in London yesterday (Thursday 13 November) to do a special reading of the festive story on camera.

The film of Chris’ reading is due to be broadcast on the charity’s YouTube channel on Sunday 30 November as a special bedtime story. Like the RNLI on Facebook or follow @RNLI on Twitter for more details over the coming weeks.

The Big Christmas Rescue, which can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of a magical festive story, is now on sale – with all profits supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifesaving work.

Chris Jarvis said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue is a beautiful book and a great read – it’s the perfect gift for children this Christmas. I love the way the book can be personalised, putting readers at the heart of the story.

‘It’s so reassuring to know that the RNLI’s lifeboat crews are ready to rescue anyone who gets into trouble at sea – you, me, Old Jack and even Santa Claus!’

Written by the RNLI’s Senior Editor Rory Stamp, and illustrated by award-winning Hannah Cumming, the buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of this festive story, making it a truly unique gift. So whether this book is being bought for a son or daughter, a grandchild, niece or nephew – the ‘little loved one’ will be thrilled to flick through the pages and see themselves at the heart of the story.

Chris continued: ‘It was an honour to visit the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station on the banks of the Thames in London. The lifeboat crews do an amazing job keeping people safe on the water in all weathers, all of the time.

‘I do hope you enjoy the video of this fabulous festive story as much as I enjoyed reading it.’

The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night and most children are tucked up in bed. But when Santa crashes his sleigh in the sea, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members go to the rescue – with the help of a very special child.

This exciting, personalised tale of Christmas courage gives children a magical introduction to the work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers, while raising vital funds for the charity. The story features Santa, Rudolph and an RNLI lifeboat crew.

Author Rory, 37, is editor of the charity’s Lifeboat magazine. Based at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, he has written many stories of heroism and drama over the 10 years he’s worked for the lifesaving charity.

‘I wrote the story in the build up to Christmas 2013 and was able to try it out on the most honest and beautiful critics I could possibly have found, my daughters Lucie and Hattie. It is wonderful to see this book being well-loved by kids, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory, who wrote much of the book in his spare time.

The Big Christmas Rescue is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Hannah Cumming. The Bristol-based illustrator was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award in 2012 for her book The Lost Stars and has also written and illustrated two other books – The Cloud and The Red Boat. She has illustrated for the NSPCC and CBeebies, and has painted a Gromit sculpture for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.

Hannah, 31, said: 'It was such a pleasure illustrating this book, not least because it's the sort of lovely, heart-warming Christmas story I used to read every Christmas Eve as a child. But also because it was an opportunity to celebrate the vital work the brave RNLI volunteers carry out all year round.'

The book is priced at £9.95 and is available to order online at RNLISHOP.org/BigRescue. The last order date for The Big Christmas Rescue to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Monday 15 December 2014.

RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland during last year’s festive period*, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.


Notes to editors
• Rory Stamp, the book’s author, and Hannah Cumming, the book’s illustrator, may be available for media interviews. To request an interview, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• *The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.