Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station houses an all-weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat to save lives and assist with emergencies around Wells and off the North Norfolk coast. Manned by volunteer crews, the boats are ready to launch within minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This website will tell you more about the station and give you a taste of what we do and the traditions of the lifeboat service.
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A plaque was unveiled today at Wells Lifeboat Station to mark the successful conclusion of The Lifeboat Fund's appeal to provide £1.1M towards the cost of the station's new Shannon-class lifeboat and boathouse.
The Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund has supported the RNLI for over 150 years and its 150th Anniversary Appeal set out to raise money for a new all-weather lifeboat for Wells. The plaque honours a generous legacy donation from retired civil servant Miss Louene Smith which took the fund to its target and provided a further £100,000 which will go towards the cost of building the new boathouse.
The Lifeboat Fund's support, along with other donations, including a local appeal which raised over £250,000, will enable crew and volunteers at Wells Lifeboat Station to begin a new chapter of lifesaving on the North Norfolk coast.
RNLI volunteers, trustees and guests attended today's event, including Sir Mark Sedwill, Chair of the Lifeboat Fund, Sarah, Countess of Leicester, Cllr Michael Gates, Mayor of Wells-next-the-Sea and John Bines, RNLI Deputy Fundraising Director.
Sir Mark Sedwill, Chair of the Lifeboat Fund, said: 'Her generosity in donating a £445,000 legacy, along with the valiant fundraisers of The Lifeboat Fund, have allowed us to complete the £1.1M of fundraising for the 53rd lifeboat we have funded for the RNLI - and provide a further £100,000 funding for the new boathouse that will be the home of the new Shannon Class Lifeboat.'
Chris Hardy, Wells RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'On behalf of the volunteer crew and everyone associated with the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Wells, we are deeply indebted to The Lifeboat Fund for its incredible fundraising efforts towards the cost of our new Shannon lifeboat and what a marvellous way this is for the Fund to mark its 150th anniversary of raising money for the RNLI.'
'We also acknowledge with thanks the generous legacy donation made by Miss Louene Smith, which closed The Lifeboat Fund appeal earlier this year. The money will be used to fund the earlery shore works associated with our new boathouse build, which will commence later this year.'
We were delighted to meet three different fund-raisers visiting the station over the bank holiday weekend.
On Friday, James and Belinda Richardson stopped by in their Porsche 911, along with friends and supporters in a selection of fast cars, as part of their RNLI 911 Challenge... to drive the 911 around the UK's coastline visiting all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations in 911 hours. The couple started from Teddington lifeboat station on 23rd August and are already at Berwick on Tweed on the Scottish border. They hope to complete their circuit by 30th September and to raise the equivalent of £238 for each of the lifeboat stations. You can read more about the challenge at the link below. follow them on Instagram and Twitter or make a donation on justgiving.
On Saturday, while the inshore lifeboat was out on a shout at Blakeney, Merrick Gill and her father from Dereham dropped in to donate £117 which she raised making and selling cupcakes. Merrick is a keen supporter of the lifeboats and hopes to work on or around boats when she's older.
Shortly afterwards, RNLI Stormforce member James Dye and his family called in with a cheque for £110 being a welly-full of money raised at his dad's Norfollk Broads boat hire business Silverline Marine in Brundall. James and his brother had a quick tour of the station and we were impressed with his mechanical knowledge learnt from helping turn cruisers around in the yard.
Our thanks to all three fund-raising teams for their support and for everyone who has donated or contributed to their efforts.RNLI 911 Challenge website
Planning permission has now been granted for a new lifeboat station at Wells to house our forthcoming Shannon-class all weather lifeboat. It is expected that building work will start in the Autumn of 2018 and take around 18 months to complete. The new Shannon class lifeboat should then come into service in the Spring or Summer of 2020.
Funding for the new lifeboat was raised in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and also by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund with its 150th Anniversary Appeal. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and across the UK and even further afield. Your contribution is appreciated and will help to save lives and keep our volunteeer crews safe in the years to come. Read more about the station appeal
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