Redcar RNLI to star in popular childrens’ TV show

A popular childrens’ television programme visited the Redcar lifeboat station to record the work of the RNLI volunteers there.

Milkshake! presenter Amy Thompson visited the lifeboat station and met volunteer crew member Dan Birkbeck to learn about the charity’s work in the town.

As well as seeing the lifeboats in action, Amy was shown the kit the crew wear when they go out on a rescue mission.

Dan Birkbeck, who joined the Redcar crew as a trainee earlier this year, said: ‘It was a lot of fun talking to Amy.

‘The RNLI is keen to start educating children as young as possible about how to enjoy the beach without getting into danger. We have an easy-to-remember message for them, the SAFE message.’

milkshake_1The RNLI SAFE message is designed to give young children simple safety advice – Spot the dangers; Always go with a friend or an adult; Find and follow the safety signs and flags; Emergency – put up your hand and shout or dial 999/112.

Dan added: ‘I’m sure the children who watch the programme will quickly pick up the message. Once they’ve learned it, hopefully they’ll remember it for the rest of their lives.

‘And seeing the work the RNLI volunteers do at the lifeboat station, who knows, maybe they’ll become fundraisers for the charity or even be volunteer crew members when they get older.’

The Channel 5 programme Milkshake! featuring the Redcar volunteers is due to be broadcast on Wednesday 25 November, between 6am and 9.15am.

For more information on the RNLI’s SAFE message for young people, go to rnli.org/shorething.