Diagnostic imaging equipment experts Future Medical were able to offer funding towards a charity that has been serving the local community for almost two hundred years.
Ferryside Inshore Lifeboat is one of more than seventy inshore lifeboats stationed around the British Isles that operate independently of the RNLI. It remains though a ‘declared facility’ as part of HM Coastguards Search and Rescue organisation and is launched in response to 999 calls under the control of HM Coastguard.
Future Medical Equipment Director Leon Parsons explained “When Ferryside approached us for funding we did some research and soon realised the important work that they do so we were pleased to get involved. The group of volunteers do such an amazing job helping people in trouble on the water so we knew if we could, we wanted to help”.
Anthony Rees from Ferryside Lifeboat said “As an inshore lifeboat crew we are mindful not only of the responsibility we have for those needing our help at sea but also because we represent a custom that stretches back to 1835 when the first lifeboat was stationed in the village of Carmarthen. We continue to strive to improve the capabilities of the lifeboat station so are extremely grateful that Future Medical are able to help our cause. Their funds will enable us to provide a more effective service to those in need and help to rebuild our first aid hut to provide better triage facilities. We are also reviewing the low tide requirements of the area to ensure that we are always in a position to provide a rescue service whatever the tidal conditions. Without donations like that from Future Medical, our lifeboat would not be able to continue”.
As an independent lifeboat, Ferryside are entirely dependent on donations to stay operational and, as all of the crew and administrators are volunteers, it is ensured that every penny donated, is used to save lives.
To find out how you can help get involved please visit https://www.ferryside-lifeboat.co.uk/