Every year the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club raise thousands of pounds by offering a Jaguar in a prize draw competition. This year the chosen charity was the RNLI and the lucky winner of this stunning low mileage Jaguar XK Coupe in Liquid Silver with Ebony Hide Trim was Louise Johns, with ticket number 11116.
Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Chairman, Rob Jenner, handed over the 2014 raffle car to the winner, Louise Johns and her partner, at the Jaguar Visitors Centre, Castle Bromwich, prior to the recent XK Engine seminar.
Picture courtesy of Nigel Thorley
If you haven’t yet bought raffle tickets, or contributed to this charity, there is still time next year, as the JEC will again be supporting the RNLI in 2015 and are well on target with their aim to purchase a lifeboat!
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
It cost over £140m each year to run our lifesaving service, for every £1 donated 83p goes to the rescue service while the remaining 17p is reinvested to generate more funds.
The RNLI Vision is to end preventable loss of life at sea and the four key values of its volunteers and staff are to be:
· Selfless: will to put the requirements of others before their own
· Dependable: committed to doing their part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise
· Trustworthy: to be responsible, accountable and efficient in the use of donations
· Courageous: prepared to achieve the aims in changing and challenging environments
The RNLI was founded by Sir William Hillary in 1824 and has an amazing heritage
It recently celebrated the 175th anniversary of the famous rescue by Grace Darling, the light housekeeper’s daughter who rowed to the aid of shipwreck survivors in 1938 and was awarded an RNLI Silver Medal for Gallantry
The most decorated RNLI lifeboatman is Coxswain Henry Blogg (1876-1954) of Cromer who was awarded 3 Gold and 4 Silver RNLI Medals for Gallantry
More recently 2013 was a year of extreme weather, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews launched their lifeboats 8,304 times, rescuing 8,384 people and saving 325 lives.
Meanwhile, the charity’s dedicated lifeguards attended 19,594 incidents, rescuing 1,567 people and saving 100 lives.
During the coldest spring since 1962, the hottest summer for seven years and the windiest December since 1993* the RNLI launched a lifeboat, on average, 23 times a day.
The busiest lifeboat station was Tower on the River Thames which launched 492 times, while the busiest coastal station was Southend-on-Sea, which launched its lifeboats and rescue hovercraft 142 times. Half of all launches were to pleasure boats** (4,160 launches) while the most common cause for lifeboat call-outs was to boats with machinery failure (1,596 launches).
Some of the most notable rescues of 2013 include:
· Thirty people were rescued from the sinking tall ship Astrid by lifeboats from Kinsale and Courtmacsherry in July. The ship was driven onto rocks off the south coast of Ireland and started taking on water.
· As St Jude’s storm hit the UK in October, Newhaven lifeboat was called out to search for a teenager who had been washed out to sea in the storm.
· As the stormy weather continued into December, the RNLI’s Flood Rescue Team (FRT) prepared to help should they be needed. The Welsh FRT rescued 25 people trapped in their homes by rising flooding waters in North Wales in December.
· Crew from Aith and Lerwick lifeboat stations in Shetland launched when a helicopter crashed into the North Sea in August. Tragically, four people died in the crash but 14 were rescued.
· RNLI lifeguards in Croyde rescued 44 people over the busy August bank holiday weekend. Over 100 people were rescued that weekend in Devon and Cornwall alone.
· Three young girls clinging to marker buoys in a bid to stay afloat after drifting out of their depth off the coast of Norfolk were rescued by the rescue hovercraft from Hunstanton lifeboat station. The crew pulled the girls out of the water and took them back to shore safely. All three were distressed but unharmed.
In an unusual twist, the start and end of 2013 involved dog rescues; one on New Year’s Day and another just before Christmas 12 months later. Fortunately for Beau the dog, volunteers from Swanage lifeboat were at the ready to rescue her when she ran off cliffs chasing a seagull. Towards the end of the year, Quila the Labrador was rescued by the volunteer crew at Happisburgh. The pup had gone for a swim and been washed out by the tide.
*MET office statistics
** Leisure boats include powerboats, yachts, kayaks, surfers, paddle boarders, body boarders, tenders (without outboards).
RNLI lifeboats launched 8,304 times
RNLI lifeboats rescued 8,384 people
RNLI lifeboats spent 3,069 hours on service in darkness
RNLI lifeboats launched 124 times into winds above force 7
RNLI volunteer crew spent 213,721 hours spent at sea on service/exercise
1,596 launches were to machinery failure – the single biggest cause of incidents
116 launches to animals (92 to dogs, 5 to sheep and 6 to whales)
RNLI lifeguards attended 19,594 incidents
RNLI lifeguards helped 23,505 people including saving 100 lives
17.7M estimated beach users
Perranporth was the busiest beach with 872 incidents
1 deployment – Wales, December 2013
Dave Nicoll, RNLI Area Manager for Community Fundraising in the South West and Wales said: ‘2013 was a challenging year for the RNLI and the figures show the dedication of our volunteer crew, lifeguards and flood rescue teams and the support of their families and employers who release them from work or family commitments to save lives at sea.
‘As a charity, we rely on the incredible generosity of the public and we would like to say a huge “thank you” to the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and its members for selecting the RNLI as its charity for 2014 & 2015 – the money raised from your fundraising will make a real difference to our charity and over the coming months we look forward to working with your committee to identify projects that your club can support’
‘Whatever challenges the weather brings RNLI crews and lifeguards will remain dedicated to the cause of saving lives at sea regardless of what Mother Nature throws at them.”
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All information correct at time of publishing.