This year, the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been more important than ever. Their crews have provided round-the-clock support and most of these teams are made out of volunteers, who drop whatever they’re doing in their everyday life to help save lives at sea. Averaging 24 callouts a day, they have 238 lifeboat stations and a fleet of 431 lifeboats which provide all kinds of support- from daring rescues to escorting people safely to shore.
Every time the teams receive a callout, they have to make the decision over whether to launch the lifeboat or not. Once the decision is made, the crew is paged and the volunteers drop everything- from work to friends and family. They use the information they have to formulate a response and prepare the lifeboat for launch.
Over the past few years, I have campaigned and fundraised for this charity numerous times. Every time I volunteer at one of their events, I am reminded of just how much they sacrifice every time they are paged and how eager they are to drop everything to save the life of a stranger. If you listen to their podcasts or watch the TV series, you’ll quickly get an idea of just how dedicated these volunteers are and how passionately they feel about water safety. And this year has been no different.