Mumbles RNLI, which relies entirely on its 35-strong volunteer crew to complete crucial rescues, is the second busiest lifeboat station in Wales.
Home to one ‘inshore’ lifeboat and one ‘all-weather’ lifeboat, the station sees an average of 100 launches a year and is expecting a surge of rescues to take place in the coming months as lifeboat crews across the UK are set to face their toughest Christmas ever.
The donation from the used car company, presented at the Mumbles lifeboat station, will go towards vital fuel costs and training initiatives for lifeboat volunteers.
Andy ‘Badger’ Miles, volunteer helm and navigator, said: “This donation from Trade Centre Wales will go a long way towards supporting rescues this Christmas – it costs around £1,500 to launch the inshore lifeboat each time, so it’s amazing to have the costs of one rescue guaranteed.
“We run entirely on a volunteer basis, relying on donations from businesses and the general public to keep us going all year round. Christmas is no exception, and many people still get caught out with tide times without realising; Swansea has the second highest tidal range in the world, which means the tides come in a lot faster than many people might be used to elsewhere and drowning becomes a genuine risk. Thanks to continued funding from donations such as this, we’re able to help those who find themselves in an emergency.
“On behalf of the whole team at Mumbles RNLI, we’d like to thank Trade Centre Wales for supporting us to save lives, and for raising awareness of the all-important issue of safety at sea.”
Andy Coulthurst, CEO of Trade Centre Wales, said: “Mumbles RNLI do such incredible work in the local community, whether that’s attending a rescue and saving lives from drowning, or educating people about the potential dangers at sea.
“We’re so proud to support the lifeboat station, and hope it inspires others to consider donating to such a worthwhile cause this Christmas.”
Donations to the RNLI ‘a perfect storm’ Christmas appeal can be made here.