"Year on year, the number of people who call on RNLI lifeboats for help continues to increase, and the volunteer lifeboatmen and women never count the cost to themselves. The money raised in Andover will help them by buying the best lifeboats and equipment."
Extrcat from RNLI Literature
Volunteer lifeboatman Robble Maiden was swept overboard when the Hartlepool lifeboat capsized in terrible weather one freezing winter night.
Protective clothing saved Robbie's life. It enabled him to survive for 30 icy minutes in the chilling waters of the North Sea - the time it took for him to be plucked from the roaring waves. Thanks to his protective clothing, Robbie is still saving other people's lives. Funds raised by RNLI help him and all of the volunteer lifeboat crews save even more lives.