Friday, 2 December 2011

Lifejackets for Livesavers

An appeal to our online friends and followers.

New ALB lifejacket - (Credit: RNLI/Nigel Millard)
New ILB lifejacket - (Credit: RNLI/Nigel Millard) 
In the early part of next year the lifejackets at Swanage Lifeboat Station will be replaced with new ones. The new lifejackets will provide increased safety for all sizes and shapes of volunteers with a comfortable, secure fit leading to increased efficiency and effectiveness in lifesaving. They are fitted with crotch straps, which prevent the lifejacket riding up over the wearer’s head when in the water, and an integrated harness, designed to pull the lifejacket away from the neck allowing greater freedom of movement while rescuing people. There are also zipped pockets for casualty care kit, torches, gloves or knives and a spray hood designed to protect the wearer from sea spray. Ultimately the improved lifejackets should lead to increased effectiveness in lifesaving.


Each station has been asked to fund raise for the new jackets and we were hoping that our 1000 Facebook  friends and our 600 Twitter followers might help us kick start the appeal. We have set up a JustGiving page [ H E R E ] , there's also a 'Donate to our Lifejacket Appeal' link on our Facebook page. We've set ourselves a target of £680 which will buy 1 x ALB and 1 x ILB lifejacket.


We know its the run up to Christmas but if each of you could spare just £1 that would nearly double our target.


Thank you.