VOLUNTEER RNLI lifeboat crews around the South West will be on duty this festive season – with many facing their first Christmas with a pager having recently joined the crew.
One of those will be Ellie Baker, 21, who has just joined the crew at the station in Burnham-on-Sea.
Ellie’s circumstances changed in 2021 allowing her to work in Burnham rather than Bristol and to start a cake making business.
She also works in the café opposite the station so is often the first to arrive for a shout. Ellie’s Dad Lyndon has been an RNLI volunteer since 2003 so Ellie and her three brothers grew up around the station.
Part of our lives
She said: “The RNLI was always part of our lives growing up, there were many family occasions that Dad had to leave to help someone in trouble at sea and Christmas’s were spent with the threat of a pager going off.
“This year, I will be joining my Dad on call over the festive period, I know there will be thousands of volunteers, like me, wearing pagers and ready to help those at trouble on the water.
“At this time of year, the weather’s at its worst and lives can be on the line but we know if we’re needed we can rely on the training and equipment we receive, thanks to the donations people have generously made to the RNLI.”
Lucy Ashton, Regional Engagement Manager at the RNLI, said: “Even at Christmas, our lifesavers are ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and rush to the aid of someone in trouble on the water.
“We know that every time our crews go out they hope for a good outcome, but sadly this sometimes isn’t the case. Through people supporting this year’s Christmas appeal, with their help we can get so much closer to our goal of saving every one.”
To make a donation to the RNLI’s Christmas Appeal visit: RNLI.org/Xmas