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.

15 comments:

Jan Jones said...

Heroes of the highest order, Debs!

Fia said...

Where would we be without them.

Well done to your uncle.

HelenMHunt said...

Good to hear a mention for real heroes.

Debs said...

Thanks ladies. They are all so dedicated and great guys.

Anna said...

Lovely post! I have a brother whose a fireman, and what a job... Well done to your uncle... :)))

As for frozen custard... Oh goodness!! If you pop over the pond again someday, depending on where you go, frozen custard is a MUST!! Very popular in the Midwest and South, East Coast too. We here on the West Coast make due with the low fat version, which is better than none at all.

(But not as good as the real thing!)

Liane Spicer said...

Real heroes have my admiration and awe. Trump the fantasy kind any day!

Debs said...

anna - when we were in New York, one of the most exciting thing for me and the youngsters was seeing firemen racing past on those enormous engines. They're so impressive, and do such a worthwhile job.

Will definately remember to check out the frozen custard when I'm next in the states. Sounds heavenly.

liane - me too. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

claire p said...

They really are heros. Our lifeboat day here is tomorrow, we always try to go and support them.

Suzanne Jones said...

Definitely heroes.

Hope the open day went well.

X

Debs said...

claire p - they are. Good for you for going.

suzanne - they are, thanks.

ChrisH said...

Having just returned from a couple of days on the boat - a big cheer for the people, like your uncle, who make going to sea a bit safer for the rest of us. Thank you.

Debs said...

chrish - thanks. Hope you had a good few days out on the boat.

Queenie said...

Yep, heroes indeed. Oddly enough I was reading, at the weekend, about Henry Blogg (great name, eh?) who seems to be the lifeboatman's lifeboatman. Info here if you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Blogg

Carol said...

I take my hat off to the brave men and women that risk their lives in order to save others!! Hero's indeed!!

Lovely post hon

C x

Debs said...

queenie - thanks for the link. I love the name Henry Blogg, brilliant.

carol - me too, though they're the last ones to see themselves in this way.