Swanage RNLI

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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Saving lives off the Dorset coast from Swanage since 1875.

10 October 2019

£1000 donation from Swanage Fish Festival

Towards the end of this year’s lifeboat week we were delighted to hear that Swanage Fish Festival wanted to present us with a cheque for £1000. Each year they raise a tremendous amount of money for local charities and we are extremely grateful that we were one of their chose charities again.

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10 September 2019

RNLI Swanage to feature in new series of popular TV documentary

The volunteer lifeboat crew of Swanage RNLI will be taking to the small screen on Tuesday 17th September as they feature in the fourth episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Now in its fourth season, the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including Swanage RNLI.

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26 July 2019

RNLI ‘lifejacket locker’ safety initiative arrives in Swanage

An RNLI scheme to encourage more people to use lifejackets aboard their tenders has proved so popular it has been extended and now includes Swanage.

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06 May 2019

Do your bit, fund our kit – help save lives at sea by taking part in our quiz!

As the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) announces its 2018 annual rescue figures, the charity is calling on the people of Swanage to do their bit and help support the RNLI’s Mayday Quiz to help raise vital funds for crew kit.

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13 April 2019

Two local school girls raise funds for Swanage RNLI

Two local school girls raise funds for Swanage RNLI

Both Holly Bood and Mia Lovett raised funds as part of a school activity.

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26 March 2019

Long service awards at Swanage RNLI

This March saw the achievements of Captain Neil Hardy MBE and Steve Williams recognised with long service awards.

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15 February 2019

Boathouse open every day 12pm to 4pm every day in half term (Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb)

Our volunteer visits team will be opening the lifeboat station from 12pm to 4pm every day during half term (Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb)

We also have a training exercise planned for Weds 20th Feb at 7pm if you’d like to watch the lifeboats launch (subject to operational requirements)

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22 January 2019

Keeping up a family tradition as teenagers join their fathers at Swanage RNLI

Swanage, like many RNLI stations, has had a strong history of generations of families volunteering as crew members. Several families from the town have strong links to the station - and that tradition looks set to continue.

Felix Williams and Morgan Woodford are no exception. Both sons of volunteer lifeboat crew, after celebrating their 17th birthdays (the minimum age to join the crew) they’ve both taken the decision to sign up and start training to help save lives at sea. In following in their fathers’ footsteps they’ve become the youngest volunteers at the lifeboat station.

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31 October 2018

Safety at sea awareness for young students enables RNLI donation

Following another successful season running adventure residential camps for schools, Cumulus Outdoors, based in Swanage and Wareham, were delighted to be able to make a donation of £596 to the RNLI.

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04 October 2018

Local leaves legacy to provide new waterproof clothing for Swanage lifeboat crew

Local Swanage man, Andy Weeks, was a long supporter of his local lifeboat station.

He left a legacy to the Swanage Lifeboat Station and it was decided to allocate his generous donation towards the brand new all-weather waterproof lifeboat clothing which is being distributed to stations around the country during the last part of 2018.

Andy was part of a large family, originally from Swanage, and moved to North London with his family when he was aged 6. Despite moving away, Andy maintained contact with his roots by frequent holidays with grandparents during his school years.

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