Telegraph campaign for 999 heroes monument backed by Britains biggest rescue charity

An appeal for £3 million to build a National Emergency Services Memorial was launched at the weekend with the backing of the Duke of Cambridge Mr Scholes-Fogg has already created a National 999 Day, which takes place today beginning at 9am on the ninth of the ninth. The day was giving official backing by Theresa May when she was in Downing Street and was marked with a memorial service in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh at the weekend. A naval helicopter pilot who witnessed the disaster would later describe their actions as “the greatest act of courage that I have ever seen, and am ever likely to see” adding: “They were truly the bravest eight men I’ve ever seen.”When lifeboat disasters occur, they take a devastating toll because there is often a large loss of life hitting hard in small towns dotted around the coast.The Salcombe lifeboat tragedy of 1916 claimed 13 lives and just two crew survived washed ashore while the rest of the men perished off the Devon coast. James Cooper, 36, who has been a lifeboatman at Salcombe since he was eligible to sign up as a teenager, is the great grandson of one of the two survivors. Mr Cooper, a volunteer, is giving his full support to the 999 national monument.“Being a lifeboatman is in the blood. It is a big part of my family and a big part of this town. This national memorial will be fantastic for recognising all the work we have done in the past and the sacrifices made to save others,” said Mr Cooper, “The memorial would provide a place for generations to come in the future to recognise all the emergency services. Every time we go out we risk our lives and for us to have something that recognises the work we do in the centre of London would be great. It would be fantastic.” An appeal for £3 million to build a National Emergency Services Memorial was launched at the weekend with the backing of the Duke of Cambridge The RNLI has sent its most up to date kit, costing £1,700, to the sculptor who has collected uniforms from the police, ambulance, fire brigade and the lowland and mountain rescue as well. The five figures on the statue will be cast in bronze, each at a height of 8ft. The preferred location is Hyde Park Corner and Mr Scholes-Fogg, through his charity the National Emergency Services Memorial, is in talks for a suitable plot with the Crown Estate and other landowners.Has a member of the emergency services changed your life? Send your experiences of getting help after calling 999 to [email protected]  to be featured.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. RNLI The national monument will honour more than 7,000 emergency service workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as two million ‘dedicated’ 999 staff employed across the police, the NHS, fire services and in sea and mountain rescue. The RNLI has saved 140,000 lives since it was founded in 1824 and in that time 624 lifeboat personnel, most of them unpaid volunteers, have died, often in attempting to perform incredible brave rescue operations in treacherous conditions at sea. The RNLI has its own monument at its headquarters in Poole in Dorset but recognises the need for a statue for all the emergency services, who work closely together, in the centre of London.Mr Dowie, a former naval officer and a manager of Salcombe lifeboat station, said: “Keeping people safe is a team effort. We spend our time working with all the emergency services and it is right they will all be celebrated on the memorial.“It is an extraordinary commitment made by these people and their families.” Of the RNLI’s 5,500 lifeboat crew, the vast majority – 5,100 crewmen and women – are volunteers. In 2018 alone, lifeboats went to the aid of 9,000 people and saved the lives of 329. The charity’s precise definition of a life saved states “where, if not for the actions of the lifeboat and/or its crew, a life would have been lost”. The RNLI has not lost a lifeboatman or woman at sea since the Penlee disaster in 1981 off the coast of Cornwall. Eight volunteer lifeboatmen died along. They had pulled four people off a stricken ship in huge waves but all perished on board.  The Telegraph campaign for a national ‘999’ monument has received the full support of Britain’s biggest rescue charity the RNLI.An appeal for £3 million to build a National Emergency Services Memorial was launched at the weekend with the backing of the Duke of Cambridge, a former air ambulance pilot, who said “it was only fitting that we should recognise the vital role” played by emergency workers.The monument also has the support of Boris Johnson and his five predecessors in Downing Street: Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.Now the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, one of Britain’s oldest and most respected charities, lends its voice to the clamour for the statue to be built.Mark Dowie, the RNLI chief executive, said: “This is an outstanding idea. The emergency services right across this country play an incredibly important part in keeping us all safe and having a single monument where people can go to pay their own tribute to the commitment of the emergency services and the sacrifice of those who have given their lives while on duty is nothing short of essential.”The statue is being created by Philip Jackson, perhaps Britain’s greatest living sculptor, after agreeing to take on the project. The brainchild is Tom Scholes-Fogg, a 28-year-old volunteer police sergeant, who was inspired to launch the campaign by his grandfather distraught by the killing of a female police constable on duty who told him not enough was done in the country to honour the emergency services.

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