BUDE RNLI have signed a national pledge which promises its commitment to saving everyone it can, without judgment.  

On Sunday, April 6, Bude RNLI hosted their very own ‘pirate fun day’ in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the lifesaving charity.  

As well as offering a day of fun, fancy dress and fundraising, the day offered the opportunity to celebrate as the town’s lifeboat crew signed the ‘one pledge’ scroll.  

On this scroll is the RNLI’s One Crew pledge in which the charity promises its commitment to saving everyone it can, without judgment – staying true to Sir William Hillary’s vision when he founded the charity in 1824. 

Bude volunteer lifeboat crew, shop and fundraisers were present for the signing where they witnessed signings from Paul Finn chairman, Ted Hambley deputy launch authority and who also signed on behalf of Bude RNLI lifeguards, Lynda Howard Bude RNLI shop manager and Gill Hutchinson on behalf of the fundraising team.  

Bude RNLI Lifeboat with the one pledge scroll
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The scroll started its journey from the service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on March 4 and is travelling around UK in a 200th anniversary-branded electric Ford transit, visiting all of the RNLI’s 240 lifeboat stations and communities.  

The scroll will finish on the Isle of Man, the home of Sir William Hillary. 

Liam Sharpe, Bude’s Lifeboat operations manager said: “We would like to thank all those who braved the weather to come down and support us and the RNLI during this great year of celebrating of 200 years of saving lives at sea.

“We look forward to more events throughout the year celebrating the fantastic work we the RNLI do and remembering the volunteers before us and inspiring future lifesavers to join the RNLI to continue of pledge of saving lives at sea.”