Selsey RNLI welcomed representatives of the Manhood RNLI Fundraising Branch to the boathouse for a trip on the Station’s all weather lifeboat Voluntary Worker to say thank you for all the fundraising they do on behalf of Selsey Lifeboat Station and to enable them to gain some familiarity with the operational capabilities of a working lifeboat.
Gillian Rokison from the Manhood Branch commented “We so enjoyed the visit. Martin Rudwick (Coxswain) and the rest of the volunteer lifeboat crew looked after us so well and explained everything with such patience. Taking the helm of Voluntary Worker was really special. On behalf of the Manhood Branch: thank you Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station for a truly memorable evening”.
The Manhood Branch of the RNLI was formed over twenty five years ago by a group of Chichester harbour yachtsmen to directly support the two local Lifeboats at Selsey and Hayling Island. As its name implies the Branch’s main catchment area stretches from Birdham, Itchenor, the Witterings and Bracklesham Bay and as far inland as Highleigh and Sidlesham. Some half a dozen or so fun events ranging from Burns Night to Bridge Drives are organised each year – apart from the normal street, beach and house to house collections which all associated with the RNLI know so well! Last year the branch raised nearly nineteen thousand pounds which was split equally between the two lifeboat stations – much needed funds to assist the day to day running of the two stations.