24 MAR 2013

Up the RNLI!

The RNLI are such an important charity that our seafaring community relies on day after day. I have always been a huge supporter of the work of the RNLI and all those who give their time up to train recruits, be constantly on call, and save lives.

I wanted to join the crew to see firsthand the work they do, and experience the conditions on the boat and out in the channel. It might have been snowing (and freezing!) but this doesn't stop the RNLI – they still have to do their job, and this morning I was their newest recruit.

From Dover lifeboat station we headed out to sea, visiting the Varne Bank (a 5mile long sand bank off the coast of Dover), and were out for about two and a half hours before we reached dry land again. And as a keen sailor in my spare time I even got to steer the boat - and managed to escape without any seasickness.

The pictures show me with the crew – I would like to thank them all for all they do, and for making me feel so welcome.

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