Originally Posted by mister p
Paying someone £40k a year to get £41k which wouldn't have been got, makes sense? No loss and £1k to the RNLI.
Get a hundred of these guys.
If it's sourcing funds that would otherwise not be realised and they pay for themselves then I don't see the issue.
Unless they alienate existing supporters.
And if that's the case then there is a disconnect which smacks of management subcontracting to do their own respective jobs, the costs of which are lost in an "overheads and costs" haemorrhage, covered by the tax payers, smacks of playing the coorporate game ............so where's the charity?
Management v grass roots
Very well said.
Just to try and clear up a couple of points.
The coastal review is every 5 years or there about and it looks into what is in your area (mariners, Docks, beaches ) etc and what assets are in the area Lifeboats tugs etc. it also looks at how long it will take a 25 knot ( all ALB will be 25 knot boats) to get to any point along the cost. (I think but could be wrong is that they aim to get a AWB to any point along the coast and up to 3miles out within 30 mins)
The mechanics on station have a very difficult job because you can't just take apart the engines and then put it back what happens if the pager goes off the engines have to be serviced and maintained with the thought that the pagers can go off any moment.
The RNLI now build their own boats at SAR composites in Lymington this came about because Green Marine who was building the Lifeboats was for sale and the RNLI was worried that the new owners would not be able to build the boats to the same standard so they bought half of the company and took on a lot of their staff (you will have to look up why Green marine where so good)
so all boats (including ILBs) are build by SAR comp. the ILB is fitted out at Cowes by the RNLI and I am un shore where the AWBs are fitted out but know the new Shannon is being fitted out at Berthon (lymington)
The support from the RNLI when you break something is truly astonishing in the 10 years I have been at station we have had the boat none operational once (due to electrical problems which could not be fixed on station) and this was from 11pm to 9am when a replacement boat was delivered.
The support for the crew is also great (one of the reasons Cowes became RNLI) if the crew do hurt themselves the RNLI will be there to support you. You are offered counselling if you have a perticuly nasty job like pealing someone from the bottom of a cliff or picking body’s out of the water.
All this cost money and a lot of it I am not saying they get it right all the time as I said in my last post but when you list everything they do it is no wonder they spend a lot.
You are right in saying the crews have a good time and can quit at any time. every station is different but I can't imagine what it would be like not to be part of it, there really is no better feeling that knowing you have made a difference to someone’s life
You can give straight to a station but I have been told that it is allocated to our station but goes into the big pot (I could be wrong)
I will leave you with a letter we got this year.
It was early last Sunday morning that Dale the LYH night watchman heard my cries for help, found me in the water and called out the RNLI as he couldn’t lift me out of the water on his own.
The crew turned up in record time and saved my life that Sunday morning. I was told by the consultant in Southampton hospital A&E that it was more than touch and go and that it was perhaps seconds rather than minutes that made all the difference.
So I want to say as big a THANK YOU as I can.
From me, my children Roger(8) and Matthew (10) and my wife Sue.
You will be glad to know that I have recovered swiftly from my injuries thanks to expert NHS medical care and hope to be back at work next week.
We live in Yateley near Camberley and are we are planning on coming down on October the 30th for the Lymington RNLI Christmas Card sale and will be buying as many Christmas cards and presents as we can.
If any of the crew that rescued me are there on the day – then of course I would like to say thank you to them in person.
Otherwise once again – please pass on my sincere and unending gratitude to the team who helped rescue me that morning.
Everyone from the people who keep the inshore craft ready at all times, to the partners of the crew who bravely support them, to the crew themselves for their selfless devotion in saving others in distress and of course to all the fund raisers in the shop.