Penlee needs your help to build a new Lifeboat Station
The current lifeboat station was built in 1983, and comprises of office space, crew room and small crew changing area. Unfortunately, now 31 years on, the station is no longer fit for purpose. With around 25 volunteer crew and additional shore crew as well as fundraisers, there is an urgent need for more space. The small crew changing room can see anything up to 10 volunteers changing at any one time and is simply not adequate.
There is also a need for a dedicated crew training room. With fewer RNLI crew now coming from a maritime back ground, it’s essential that all crew have access to an appropriate environment in which to complete the continuous training in order to operate the charity’s state of the art lifeboats and navigation systems.
Subject to planning permission, the new station will be rebuilt on the site of the existing boathouse. Twice as long as the current station, the two story building will provide much improved facilities for the crew including; a larger crew changing and shower room, a dedicated mechanics workshop and a visitor attraction where Penlee’s proud heritage and sea safety information can be displayed, on the ground floor. The first floor will include a galley area and larger crew room where they can rest and get warm after a shout, a dedicated office and a separate training room. The training room will be available for use by groups in the local community working and training in the maritime area such as MCA, sea scouts fishing safety etc.
The total cost of the build is estimated at £800,000 and locally the RNLI have tasked us to raise £200,000 towards the project.
There are many ways that you can support this appeal. For more information please contact Ben Bowskill, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager - 07774 436265 / Ben_Bowskill@rnli.org.uk