On the run for RNLI funds

Dave Barry '07890 322992
Dave Barry '07890 322992

Introducing Keith Eade, the latest in our series of RNLI crew members profiles.

Keith Eade is quick.

A marathon runner, he reckons he can get from his bed to Scarborough lifeboat house in four minutes flat.

Keith, who lives near the Market Hall, is on the crew of the all-weather lifeboat and can be summoned to a shout at the drop of a hat.

He joined the RNLI five years ago but the rescue service has been in his blood since he was a nipper.

Keith, 42, was born into a fishing family in the town’s bottom end and his grandfather Kenneth Eade was a lifeboat coxswain from 1977 to 1983.

As a lad, he would help the shore crew with the maroons that have long since been replaced by pagers and texts.

After school, he served in the Royal Navy for 13 years and was awarded two medals for service in the Balkan wars. The Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2012, for time served in the Royal Navy and RNLI, made it a hat-trick.

Keith is into running in a big way and, with a group of friends, has entered the Great North Run in Newcastle on September 7.

They are raising money for Scarborough RNLI’s appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of a launch-and-recovery vehicle for the Shannon lifeboat, due next year.

To sponsor the team, go to Justgiving.com and search for Scarborough lifeboat tractor appeal.

Keith is looking forward to the challenges the new lifeboat will present. “It’s faster, so we’ll be able to arrive on the scene 50 per cent quicker than we do now.”

He loves being part of the RNLI. “There’s a great team and community, and a good social life,” he says. Keith, who works for Karro Food, has known some of the crew since they were children.

He is also a mechanic for the inshore lifeboat. This involves maintaining the D-class inflatable, keeping it in a constant state of readiness.

Keith said: “You never know what’s going to happen when the pager goes,” he says. “Every scenario’s running through your mind so you have to prepare for everything.”