No Full Lifeboat Week in 2021
Although restrictions are lifting, we will not be running our full lifeboat week. We will have a presence in the town in the week with our flag day on Friday 20th August, our ever popular Golf Day is already fully subscribed, and we hope to arrange some station open days later in the summer. Our activities on Prince Albert Gardens including the live music, lifeboat bar and BBQ will not be going ahead.
Our volunteers have been meeting regularly to consider options, however uncertainty around requirements for organising events that are open to the public has made it difficult to plan anything. The RNLI is also very aware of the concerns many volunteers have about running events that will generate large crowds.
As many of you are aware, the RNLI have changed the way they operate since the pandemic to protect their volunteers, whilst still maintaining full lifesaving cover around the coast. This has been challenging and has meant the closure of our stations to the public and to our volunteers except for rescue callouts and for scheduled training.
Our fundraisers haven’t been able to run all their events, our boathouse attendants and education team haven’t been able to show visitors around the station, and our lifeboat shops have not been open all the time. However, we have weathered the storm as best we can, and our lifeboats have already launched 22 times this year, including to one rescue that has been recorded as a life saved, which is only registered for rescues where a casualty would have died without our assistance.
We know that our supporters will be disappointed that our full lifeboat week is not going ahead this year, but we will be working hard to keep you informed about your local station. Please look at our social media and website for details (@swanagelifeboat).
If you would like to make a donation to help us weather the storm then you can do so here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-swanage-2021-lifesavers your donation will used to run the lifeboats here in Swanage.
Swanage Lifeboat Week 2022 will be 12th to 21st of August.