The crew at Penlee need your help to build a new Lifeboat Station. The current lifeboat station was built in 1983 and comprises office space, crew room and a small crew changing area. Unfortunately, now 31 years on, the station is no longer fit for purpose.
With around 25 volunteer crew and additional shore crew as well as fundraisers, there is an urgent need for more space. The small crew changing room can see anything up to 10 volunteers changing at any one time and is simply not adequate.
A dedicated crew training room is now essential as fewer RNLI crew are coming from maritime backgrounds and need access to an appropriate environment in which to complete the continuous training required in order to operate the charity’s state of the art lifeboats and navigation systems.
Subject to planning permission, the new station will be rebuilt on the site of the existing boathouse. It will be a two storey building – twice as long as the current station – and will include a larger crew changing and shower room, a galley area and larger crew room where they can rest and get warm after a shout, a dedicated office, a visitor attraction and a separate training room. The training room will be available for use by groups in the local community working and training in the maritime area such as MCA, sea scouts etc.
England rugby player, Jack Nowell, recently paid a visit to Penlee lifeboat station to show his support for the new appeal. Jack grew up in Newlyn and could see the lifeboat launching from the station from his window.