Saturday, 29 August 2009
Heros, RNLI & Awards
When writing a romance novel you need a hero who's strong and despite everything that happens during the story, ends up being a worthwhile and larger than life character.
Real life heros, in my opinion, are volunteers who risk their lives for complete strangers in difficulty, who are on call despite being at family celebrations, and who train to keep fit to enable them to be as physically capable of being the best they can be for when the time comes.
St Catherines Lifeboat celebrates 40 years of saving lives and are holding an Open Day tomorrow - 30 August from 12 - 5pm. The station is manned by 12 sea-going crew, 1 launcher/mechanic, 1 launcher and 1 shore helper. They live close to the station and are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
My uncle (although to be honest he's only a few years older than I am) is one of these men. He's been called away from many family celebrations, and received awards for rescues and his service to the station. Definately heros in my opinion.