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Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service

Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service, otherwise know as Hemsby Lifeboat, is a completely voluntary lifeboat service. It is a registered charity and is not part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and receives no funding from them, nor does it receive any government grants. None of it’s members receive any payment for their services. It is entirely dependant on public donations.

It takes a truly dedicated team to provide such a voluntary service, fully committed to to rescuing people (and animals) in distress on the broads, around the coast and at sea. This dedicated team consists of some twenty eight people. Some of the team are elected officials and spend their time managing the organisation and its activities but the largest portion are the sixteen people who form the Crew Rosta. These people between them offer their services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help persons in distress.

These brave people, who sometimes sacrifice their own lives to save the lives of others, need all the financial help they can get. A large number of local businesses who are listed on their website, which itself has been donated by Anglia Websites, act as collection points for donations from local people and visitors to the area. In addition to their active service the team donate as much of their spare time as they can to organising and running a number of fund-raising events.

Forthcoming events include the Hemsby Lifeboat day on 12th August where there will be music and a bar on the beach, a raffle, children’s entertainment, lifeboat displays and various stalls. A recent addition to the programme is The Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team. The next event will be the Hemsby Herring Festival on 26th August
where you can see some of the gear used in rescues, talk to the team and enjoy some delicious fish cooked by them. Hemsby Lifeboat will also be present at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, one of the best events scheduled for 2012, with their very popular Freshly Fried Herring.

The good news is that donations and fund raising could provide this valuable service with tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of pounds which is essential to continue providing the service.

The bad news is that most of that money is still in the pockets of the general public so if you have ever visited Norfolk, or are planning a visit this year or in the future then please go to one or all of these events and give your money generously. Alternatively you can send a donation, by cheque made out to Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service, to Far Horizon, 21 Long Beach, Hemsby, NR29 4JD - after all, you never know when you might need their services.

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