Yachting World: A mini maritime rescue has appeared near the London Eye to raise awareness of the RNLI’s lifesaving work and the upcoming Alternative Boat Race.
Street artist Slinkachu has recreated a lifesaving RNLI rescue that happened on the Thames last year to highlight the amazing work the charity does and raise awareness of the upcoming Alternative Boat Race.
The artist, who is famed for his ‘little people’ miniature model set-ups, has crafted a scene depicting a genuine rescue from September last year, where RNLI volunteers went above and beyond rescuing a man trapped on a mooring cable beneath the London Eye.
After arriving on scene, two RNLI crew rescued the man who was stood on the mooring cable of a boom after jumping from their lifeboat in choppy conditions to help him.
Helen Church was one of the volunteers who aided the man in his precarious situation, getting him to the safety of the lifeboat.
Once onboard, he was taken to Tower lifeboat station where he was handed into the care of paramedics from the London Ambulance Service.
The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public to fund its lifesaving work and Slinkachu’s composition supports the Alternative Boat Race fundraising event on 10th April, taking place the day before the BNY Mellon Boat Race.
Members of the public can sponsor one of 250 floating miniature lifeboats to be in with the chance of winning the right to name one of the charity’s new D class lifeboats.
The race will kick off at 5.30pm, running between Barnes Bridge and the finish line at the University Stone, just before Chiswick Bridge.
Slinkachu, who waived his fee for the RNLI to create the set-up, said: “I’m a proud Londoner and wanted to help highlight the vital job the RNLI does on the Thames to keep us all safe.
“The crew members have to be ready to launch at a moment’s notice day or night to ensure they reach those in difficulty on the water as quickly as possible. It’s really important that the RNLI has the support of residents of London.
“I hope people are inspired by my work to come out and support the charity at this fun event, which has a serious message at its heart.”
Helen Church, who balances volunteering for the RNLI with her day job as a civil servant said: “I love being a volunteer for the RNLI and being a part of a team save lives is what it’s all about.
“Considering the amount of people that use the Thames each day and how treacherous the waters can be, it’s surprising how many people aren’t aware of the RNLI’s work in London.
“I am incredibly proud and honoured to be immortalised as part of Slinkachu’s work.”
Practical Boat Owner: A heart-warming new children’s Christmas book, which can be personalised to put young readers at the centre of the story, is now on sale – with all profits supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) lifesaving work.
Written by the RNLI’s senior editor Rory Stamp, and illustrated by award-winning Hannah Cumming, the buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child so they can see themselves at the heart of the story.
Michael Nield, crew member at Tower lifeboat station in central London, said: ‘”The Big Christmas Rescue can be personalised so that your little loved one is the star of the story. It is a lovely book and it will make an ideal gift for young children, with all profits helping the RNLI save lives at sea.”
“This Christmas, volunteer lifeboat crew members across the UK and Ireland will be on call, ready to drop everything and save lives at sea when the pager goes off.”
The Big Christmas Rescue is set on a wet and windy Christmas Eve night and most children are tucked up in bed. But when Santa crashes his sleigh in the sea, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members go to the rescue – with the help of a very special child.
Author Rory, 37, is editor of the charity’s Lifeboat magazine. Based at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, he has written many stories of heroism and drama over the 10 years he’s worked for the charity.
He said: “I wrote the story in the build up to Christmas 2013 and was able to try it out on the most honest and beautiful critics I could possibly have found, my daughters Lucie and Hattie. It is wonderful to see this book being well-loved by kids, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe.”
Bristol illustrator Hannah Cumming was shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award in 2012 for her book The Lost Stars and has also written and illustrated two other books – The Cloud and The Red Boat. She has illustrated for the NSPCC and CBeebies, and has painted a Gromit sculpture for the hugely popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.
Hannah, 31, said: “It was such a pleasure illustrating this book, not least because it’s the sort of lovely, heart-warming Christmas story I used to read every Christmas Eve as a child. But also because it was an opportunity to celebrate the vital work the brave RNLI volunteers carry out all year round.”
The book is priced at £9.95 and is available to order online at RNLISHOP.org/BigRescue. The last order date for The Big Christmas Rescue to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Monday 15 December 2014.
RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland during last year’s festive period, from 23 December to 1 January, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.
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Motorboat & Yachting: Peters & May is turning its boat shipments pink as part of a new charity campaign – Breast Cancer.
Boat shipment company Peters & May is hoping to turn the docks pink with its latest charity campaign. The Pink Lashings project will see boats delivered with coloured straps to show their owner’s support for Breast Cancer Clinical Trials (BCCT).
Boat owners are being encouraged to add the pink lashings to their shipment in return for a £5 donation per strap, a sum that will be matched by Peters & May. The company estimates that this could raise as much as £500 a time, based on a shipment of an average-sized 80ft yacht.
The first Pink Lashings shipment, which set off from Palma last week and arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Monday (20 October), contained a 23-metre Leopard superyacht trussed up in the distinctive straps.
Dave Holley, CEO of the Peters & May Group, explained why he chose to team up with BCCT: “Breast Cancer Clinical Trials is a charity close to many people’s hearts, especially mine, having lost my mother to this terrible disease.
“The work they do has already led to some great achievements and we are excited to have come up with this innovative idea to help further the cause. We are confident that our clients will appreciate this opportunity to donate to such a worthwhile cause.”
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A fundraising campaign has been launched in memory of British sailors Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood who tragically died in Hurricane Odile, which struck the Mexican coast last week.
Paul and Simone had moved over to America on 24 December 2012 from Wolverhampton and London respectively, to chase their dream. Their intention was to open a scuba diving charter company and live on a yacht, moving from island to island.
When Hurricane Odile struck at around 2am on 15 September 2014, the couple’s yacht Tobasco II was anchored in the bay off La Paz, in the state of Baja California Sur, where they both made numerous friends.
Paul and Simone had fully prepared their yacht and themselves for the hurricane but somehow the boat was lost to the sea. It sank, with just the masts sticking up out of the water.
Paul and Simone were declared missing. An 8 man liferaft was discovered on the beach which friends of the couple hoped was theirs.
A search commenced in the daylight hours of Monday to no avail. Air searches commenced the following day, with the Navy performing sea searches and friends and community performing land searches.
The community that Paul and Simone had became very good friends with worked tirelessly until on 19 September 2014 when Simone’s body was recovered. Paul was still missing. Rescuers vowed to continue the search until he was found. This happened on Sunday, 21 September 2014.
50k fundraising campaign
Now the brothers of the lost sailors, Simone’s brother Clive and Paul’s brother Jon Whitehouse have launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the devastated community, in thanks for the rescuers recovering their loved ones and providing closure.
Jon said: ‘Clive and myself would like to raise money in memory of Paul and Simone and send it over to the Club president to try and help put the area back to a condition where others can “chase their dreams” also.
‘Words are never enough to show our appreciation to all involved.’