Since visiting the very first station in January 2015, The Lifeboat Station Project has gone from strength-to-strength. There have certainly been plenty of ups and downs on the journey — perhaps inevitable with such an unconventional and ambitious undertaking.
PLAIN OLD SCARY
At times, those ups and downs have been logistical, chemical but, more often than not, financial. My resolve and mental strength have been tested to the absolute limit, clinging on for dear life on more than one occasion.
‘Heart-in-mouth’ barely covers it — plain old ‘scary’ will do for now. I’m sure I’ll feel able to write about it in more detail further down the line.
As the journey’s progressed, though, it’s been plain to see that the Project has had a huge impact on the RNLI — to a greater extent and much more quickly than any of us ever expected.
Nearly two years and 72 stations later, I’m still here. Going strong with greater belief and determination than ever before.
PROUD BEYOND WORDS
From now on, however, I’m proud beyond words to tell you that I’m moving forward with some financial support from the charity I’ve loved since childhood. And while I’m sure the Project will continue to test me in all kinds of unexpected ways, a measure of financial assistance from the RNLI will certainly help smooth those (sometime terrifying) peaks and troughs, enabling the Project to continue riding the glorious wave it’s creating.
To celebrate this landmark event on the Project’s timeline, the RNLI’s Film & Image Team made a short film about my work at Exmouth Lifeboat Station on 7th September.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Heartfelt thanks to all those who’ve supported me so far and, of course, to Eleanor Driscoll and Aram Atkinson from the RNLI’s Film & Image Team for creating a brilliant portal into a day-in-the-life on the road with The LSP.