In 2015 Shoreham RNLI lifeboat station celebrated its 150th anniversary – in the 150 years it has been operating, the crews have saved 2,247 lives.
The station is on Kingston Beach, Shoreham, and consists of a large boat hall, crew training room, proper drying facilities for wet crew kit, changing facilities and a viewing platform for the public.
The old lifeboat station was demolished in January 2009 and work started immediately to build a modern lifeboat station to house the RNLl’s new Tamar-class lifeboat and its inshore lifeboat along with two new slipways. The boathouse opened in October 2010 following a three-year community appeal to raise £1million towards the build. The station’s £2.7million Tamar lifeboat, named the Enid Collett, after the late donor whose generous legacy funded the boat, arrived in Shoreham on December 10. She had her first operational shout two days later.
The station also has a D class inshore lifeboat and a new model arrived in June this year named the Joan Woodland.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. All the lifeboat crew and shore helpers, apart from the full-time mechanic, at Shoreham are voluntary and are on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. It receives no government and relies on voluntary donations, legacies and fund-raising. The station also has a souvenir shop and volunteer guides who take visitors on tours of the station and the lifeboats. It is open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.
Shoreham Lifeboat Station is delighted that Paddle Round the Pier has once again chosen to support it as one of its charities. Lifeboat coxswain Steve Smith said: “Over the years Paddle Round the Pier has been one of our staunchest supporters, raising thousands of pounds for us to help fund our life saving work. Each year in turn we provide support to the event over the two days. So if you are taking part in Paddle you will see us, the big orange boat on the water, keeping a watchful eye on you just in case you need us.”