Freshwater Independent Lifeboat plans to host its first Open Day in over a year on Saturday 14th August.

This will be one of the charity’s largest events to date, with stalls from community partners including Freshwater Fire Station, National Coastguard Institution and Isle of Wight Search & Rescue. Also attending will be West Wight Sports & Community Centre and Freshwater Bay Residents Association.

Throughout the day there will be live music playing, along with craft stalls, games of skill and an opportunity to learn about the lifeboat service and how to become a crew member. Young ones can have their faces painted and be part of the pirate-themed fancy dress competition.

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Emergency services will be on hand to demonstrate rescue exercises, along with first aid tips and training.

Rob McLaren, Chairman, says:

“Freshwater Independent Lifeboat relishes the opportunity to open our doors to the local and wider community. Community is at the heart of what Freshwater Independent Lifeboat is about – getting people involved, and of course, saving lives at sea.

“After the last 17 months, it will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to get on deck and welcome people to the Bay for a fun, informative day out.”

Refreshments will be available with Freshwater Lifeboat and the Residents Association running BBQs. As the live entertainment continues past 18:00, Woodfire Pizza, Stripped Ventnor and Isle of Wight Bars will keep visitors fed and watered into the night.

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Rod Adams, Principal Fundraiser, adds:

“During the COVID crisis we, like other charities and operations, have found it difficult as most of our usual channels for major funds have not been available. It really is thanks to you, our local community and businesses, who have rallied to help us, that we have got through this”.

The event takes place from midday until late on Saturday 14th August 2021.

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