Then they thought, what would a crew most enjoy once back from a long, cold and wet shout? Tea and coffee, something sweet, and rum to warm them up. They added Welsh butter for the bara brith and cream for the rum: such thoughtful gifts.
The boxes of goodies were dispatched to RNLI Rye Harbour where the LOM, Paul Bolton, and his family took on the task of delivering the parcels to Hastings, Littlestone, Dungeness, Dover and Ramsgate. The smiles on the faces of the crews said it all when they discovered these kindnesses from Port Talbot.
Port Talbot’s Clive Morris sent a letter with each box explaining that it was a small token of that station’s total respect for an amazing job well done. ‘We wanted to put a smile on your faces and send a bit of Christmas cheer from us to you. It is to show above all else that we are all one crew and stand in friendship together.’
During the pandemic, Port Talbot joined RNLI Rye Harbour and Hastings in online training and through this, very strong bonds have been developed between the stations.
It is good to know no matter where your station is, or how big or small, that you can rely on your fellow volunteers to help, support, encourage you and put a smile on your face.
Happy Christmas from us all to all the dedicated volunteers who give up so much to keep our shores safe 24/7.