Yet again our magnificent team of volunteer fund-raisers spent many hours baking lots of delicious cakes and goodies to help raise funds for the Amble Shannon Lifeboat Appeal. The team were then on hand to sell the goodies along with tea and coffee. They were able to raise an amazing £470, an amount which Barclays Bank have kindly agreed to match, for which we are incredibly grateful.
Amble lifeboat station regularly host Sunday Coffee Mornings which often attract people from the busy Sunday Market on the harbour. The next one will be on the 21st June between 10am and 4pm, and is open to anyone, so get yourself along for a well earned rest and cuppa.
In 2017, Amble’s current all-weather Mersey class lifeboat The Four Boys, will be nearing the end of her operational life and is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.
Amble will be one of the first of the charity’s lifeboat stations in the north of England to receive a Shannon, the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers and, with a top speed of 25 knots, 50 per cent faster than the vessels she replaces.
Amble RNLI Coxswain John Connell said: ‘Our Mersey class lifeboat The Four Boys has served us well and we’ll miss her when she goes, but we’re excited about receiving a Shannon. We’ve already tested one at sea and they’re amazing vessels. The advanced technology means we’ll be able to reach people in trouble at sea a lot more quickly than we can at the moment.
‘We know £200,000 is a lot of money to raise but the people of Northumberland have always been very supportive of the RNLI and I’m confident they will get behind the appeal and help us fund our new lifeboat, which will be saving lives off the Northumberland coast for many years to come.’
The volunteers at Amble Lifeboat Station have a long and proud history of saving lives at sea. A lifeboat station was first established in the town in 1842 and, since then, Amble RNLI lifeboats have launched 1,105 times, rescuing 742 people.
The lifesaving tradition will continue with the state-of-the-art £2 million Shannon, which has been designed by in-house RNLI design engineers and is the smallest, most agile all-weather lifeboat in the RNLI fleet.
For more information please contact Amble Lifeboat Press Officer Alan Stewart on 07919 924704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org