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Co-founder joins RNLI volunteers

One of 79’s co-founders is now volunteering with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Nick Claridge was inspired to help the lifeboat charity by the “tremendous job” it does saving lives at sea.

Nick’s involvement with the charity began when he volunteered to conduct tours of the lifeboat station in Cromer, Norfolk. This might mean explaining the RNLI’s work to a coach party of pensioners or giving technical sailing information to Scout groups. It’s a varied role, but Nick has a background in communications and a love of boats, so he’s well equipped to handle anything the job can throw at him.

He is now expanding his volunteer work with the charity by becoming press officer for RNLI Cromer. He will be responsible for all forms of media – so don’t be surprised if you see him on Look East or hear him on BBC Norfolk.

The RNLI relies almost completely on volunteers and donations to carry out its vital work. In 2008 alone, RNLI big boats saved 288 lives, while RNLI lifeguards rescued 11,027 people, saving 49 lives.