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Lifeboat volunteer joins parade at Lord Mayor’s Show

Life-savers: Anne-Marie Smith and the crews of the RNLI’s Thames rescue teams

Life-savers: Anne-Marie Smith and the crews of the RNLI’s Thames rescue teams

A member of our South region’s team paraded through the streets of London as part of the RNLI’s contribution to this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

Anne-Marie Smith’s day job is with our HR department, but she also volunteers to crew the Gravesend RNLI lifeboat where she goes on duty for at least two 12-hour shifts each month.

On Saturday November 14th, she had the honour of marching with team members of the RNLI’s Thames stations and the charity’s Shannon class lifeboat in the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show, among the 155 floats which took part in the traditional procession.

Anne-Marie said: “Being part of the 800th Lord Mayor's show was amazing. As we walked through the city of London, there were so many people lining the streets despite the weather – the rain definitely didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

“The support for the RNLI from the crowd was tremendous - you could hear them begin to cheer as soon as they saw our yellows and the Shannon.”

Ann-Marie is a keen surfer and was motivated to get involved with the life-saving organisation two years ago after watching a hard-hitting TV documentary about the charity’s activities.

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