It’s almost Christmas and yes I know for many this will be a very expensive time of year. However, I’d like to invite you to support a team of unsung heroes that risk their lives, and that’s no exaggeration, to save and help others. I’m talking about the RNLI, or to give it its Sunday name the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The organisation, a charity, not a Government Funded service, was founded all the way back in 1824 and the brave men and women who crew the lifeboats have been saving peoples’ lives ever since.
My local RNLI Lifeboat Station is based at Hartlepool with the next nearest one being in Redcar I think, which houses the Zetland, the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world.
Now remember, this organisation is a charity with no funding from the Government as a public service, yet the services provided by the RNLI are truly life-saving. The men and women who crew the lifeboats are all volunteers giving their time both willingly and for no charge or wage. That’s epic.
So at this time of year, even when our December pay is all spent up on the frivolity of Christmas, please try, if you can to make a donation to the RNLI, no matter how small. If ever you finding yourself needing them, the crew wont ask how much you’ve donated. They’ll simply do everything in their power to save your life and get you to a place of safety. That’s got to be worth a quid or two hasn’t it?