LIFEBOAT volunteers are being sought miles from the sea.
Kelsall is hardly on the coast but the village branch of the RNLI is just one of 1,500 around the country.
Supporters will find themselves fundraising rather than answering a distress call on a dark winter night.
Branch chairman Chris Wardle said: ‘There are other branches in Helsby, Frodsham and Tarporley. We are just a small part of the RNLI team.’
The group has six members although Mr Wardle is sure there were bound to be more affiliated with the RNLI in Kelsall. He is also pleased with what the group has achieved so far.
‘Although we don’t have a large number of members, our fundraisers always attract a lot of attention and over the years we have raised a considerable sum,’ he says.
The charity provides a 24-hour search and rescue service to 50 miles out from the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
There are more than 220 lifeboat stations and in its 176 years the organisation has had an outstanding record of rescues.
Volunteer crews put to sea, often in extreme conditions, to help those in danger or distress.
Funding for lifeboats, lifeboat stations, protective equipment and a host of other essentials is provided entirely by voluntary contributions.
The voluntary committees of the branches organise a wide range of fundraising events. Future events in Kelsall include the annual bazaar on Saturday, October 27.
There are regular monthly meetings, usually at the home of one of the members, in which fundraising ideas are discussed among other issues.
‘New members are always welcome to take part in organising and running our local events,’ said Mr Wardle.
Anyone who feels they might like to get involved can contact him on 01829 740303.