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Gail Graham and Terry Carter.
Gail Graham and Terry Carter.
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Gail Graham and Terry Carter play important roles in a vital organisation.

Terry is an education presenter and Gail is the leader of the RNLI’s Youth Education Team. They came to see us at Tulip Radio to tell us about the work of the charity and how it uses education to prevent tragedy.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has just celebrated 190 years of saving lives at sea. Since the charity’s foundation in March 1924, it has saved over 140,000 lives in the waters around the British Isles. RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards rescued over 8,000 people in 2013 alone, all this done exclusively by volunteers.

But it’s not all about emergency rescues. The RNLI’s life-saving work continues in the classroom. The role of the Youth Education Team is emergency prevention – and that’s where Gail and Terry come in.

As an education presenter, Terry goes into schools to talk to pupils about beach and water safety. The team raises awareness of the hazards of the coastline and ensures people know what to do if they or someone else gets caught out by the current.

To find out more about this work, including how to become an education volunteer for the RNLI, listen to the full interview on our website, www.tulip-radio.co.uk