RNLI Duck Race

The RNLI ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution for those outside the UK) has been rescuing people at sea since 1824 and in that time has saved more than 139,000 lives. They currently have 330 boats in 23 stations around the country of various sizes and classes. A registered charity, all of its funding comes from donations and it is manned by volunteers. We all know that they rescue people from stricken vessels. You may know that their lifeguards patrol beaches and perform first aid. Did you know they have a flood rescue team? Also volunteers, specially trained  in swift water rescue techniques and ready to travel anywhere in the world.

Today I was in Beer, a lovely east Devon village with a Lifeboat shop raising vital funds to keep the service afloat. I learnt that it costs £75 for a rescue tube, bright yellow and made of plastic foam, with enough buoyancy to get an adult back on dry land. This is a small necessity, a tamar class lifeboat costs £2.7 million. I don’t know why there is no government funding for  lifeboats, but I guess that if a charity works why would they bother?

Today it worked like this.

A duck race! It’s lifeboat week in Beer, this is one of their fund raisers and a great success with the little ones that also raises awareness.

10 thoughts on “RNLI Duck Race

  1. How charming, to see photos of this!

    The RNLI is such an important organization. I spoke with one very kind volunteer for researching my book, and would love to be able to support in more ways. I’ll definitely click over to the RNLI fundraising links!

  2. sounds like fun, and what a huge task, raising money to save lives along the coast …. if it was a bank needing support the government would be rushing to help!

  3. Great idea. It occurs to me you have the RNLI because of your coastine, while we have the Royal Flying Doctor Service because of vast distances. Different services for different geographies! RFDS does receive government funding, still needs to raise funds to deliver the service.
    http://www.flyingdoctor.net/

  4. Where would we be withouth the RNLI – and where would they be without the support of its communiity. I traced my father’s family back to Seaton & Beer in the 1800’s, the Carters and Suxpitch Carters lived in that area for many years.

  5. This is so interesting. I’m assuming the participants pay a certain amount to enter a duck in the race, is that correct? Looks like fun. I think I’d definitely enjoy it.

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