Could you be the next lifeboat hero?


VOLUNTEERS who keep Newhaven lifeboat afloat are appealing for support after a fall in numbers.

Crew members, fundraisers and general helpers have all plummeted due to the recession and retirement.

An open day will be held on Saturday February 19 to attract more volunteers and encourage them to sign up.

Lifeboat coxswain Ian Johns, who is retiring soon himself, said: “On operations with the job situation as it is, a lot of our regular crew who used to have regular jobs at Parker Pen for example, have had to go further afield to get a job.

“So they are not available particularly in the day time.

“A couple of us are retiring shortly and the fundraisers are struggling because they are getting older and older and there are less of them, so we are trying to encourage younger people.”

The lifeboat station is keen to encourage fresh ideas and new people to its ranks, to combat a fall in numbers. The only thing you need to join a lifeboat station community is a little time, a willingness to help and the desire to be part of a wider cause.

The station is keen to meet anyone who is interested in helping, be it potential lifeboat crew members, fundraisers, sea safety advisors and education speakers who would be willing to make school visits to teach children about the life saving work of the RNLI, or even volunteers for the shop.

The station open day will take place on Saturday February 19, from 11am – 6pm, and anyone is welcome to come along and meet the crew.

The lifeboat will be open for tours and refreshments will be provided.

For more information call coxswain Ian Johns on 07985 595919.