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Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service: Faye Gudgeon

PUBLISHED: 14:56 07 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:56 07 November 2015

Hemsby Lifeboat crew member.
Faye Gudgeon.

Picture: James Bass

Hemsby Lifeboat crew member. Faye Gudgeon. Picture: James Bass

As part of the Mercury campaign to help Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service raise the money it needs to keep saving lives offshore and on the Broads, we will be getting to know the crew, who are all volunteers, who keep the service running not just out on the water but behind the scenes too.

This week, we spoke to crew member, Faye Gudgeon.

Having got her first taste of what the lifeboat do around Christmas time in 2014, Faye soon found herself hooked, and looking to dedicate time to the independent organisation.

“I was supporting my brother – who is also a crew member - during the Christmas period, and went along to help fundraise for the service with him,” said Faye, 23.

“I decided I wanted to join and from there did the training needed to get my pager and become crew.

“Now my role is to put full effort into any training to help save members of the public, broken down vessels, giving first aid if needed, the list goes on.”

In her day job, Faye is a part-time mobile hairdresser, and also works a few hours a week at Green Farm Chip Shop in Scratby, as well as being mum to Harrison-George, 3, and Evellyn-Laraine, 2. Therefore adding voluntary work in too keeps Faye busy.

“I also help to fundraise to keep the service going, along with other crew. We have such a strong team and we all pull together, as one day soon we can get the bigger boat and the extension on the lifeboat shed and without all of them we wouldn’t be able to.

“I wouldn’t say there is anything I don’t enjoy about being part of Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service,” Faye added.

“There’s great crew all around me, I enjoy all the training involved, and we couldn’t ask for a better coxswain in Dan, who took over and kept the service going.”

But not everything to do with the lifeboat ends well, as Faye remembers while reminiscing about her most memorable shout. “My most memorable had such a sad outcome,” she said.

“It was the one to Thorpe Marshes in Norwich where two teenagers sadly drowned. The dedication of all the services working together as a team when needed went so smoothly, and everyone tried their best.

“Of course there have been other shouts which have had happy endings, but this one stands out.”

But Faye, and other crew members, continue to respond to calls at all times of the day and night, to keep the Broads and coastline safe.

“Without the crew and members of the public the service wouldn’t be where it is now,” she said. “We are independent and all the money we raise goes straight towards the lifeboat service. We’re on call 365 days of the years and when the pagers go off every time there will be crew available for that job.”

A vacancy has recently arisen to become a member of Hemsby lifeboat crew, so if you’ve read Faye’s profile, or any other profile in the series, and thought you would like to give it a try, get in contact.

Lifeboat crew must be over 18, reasonably fit, live within three or four miles of the lifeboat station, pass a DRB (CRB) check, communicate easily and get on confidently with both the crew and general public.

You will be expected to give a fair few hours each week for training and fundraising, and although boating and first aid experience is an advantage, it isn’t essential as full training will be given.

• Those interested can contact Daniel Hurd on 07717 577575 or Ashley Peddle on 07889 574116.

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