Whitstable Lifeboat Station has recently benefited from the efforts of children from two local schools who have raised funds for the lifeboat after visits to the station and hearing about the work of the RNLI.
Children at Hampton Primary School in Herne Bay raised £783 when they held a cake sale following a visit to the station Joanna Quinn, year 5 manager at the school said “At Hampton Primary School, the year 5 children have been learning about the RNLI for their topic. So they went to the Whitstable RNLI station for a school trip”.
“ A few days later, the year 5 children held a cake sale to raise money for the RNLI, and baked over 1000 cakes. The whole school attended the sale and they raised an amazing £783.45 and we understand that the money will be used to fund new equipment like gloves, a dry suit, thermal under suit and helmets”.
Pupils from the St. Nicholas School in Canterbury who provide education for children with severe learning difficulties have recently raised £319.00 for the station by means of a sponsored walk along the Crab and Winkle Way which they presented on a visit in October.
David Hayward, Whitstable Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer said “Visits by schools has become an important part of the station’s activities by enabling us to promote awareness in sea and water safety and to show children how we as a charitable organisation work and it is very pleasing that when children return to their classrooms, they then undertake fund raising activities on our behalf”.
“In the last year we have had 66 visits from schools and youth groups bringing 2000 children and accompanying adults to the station and not only local to Whitstable but also from further afield in the county and indeed several from the London area with many schools making a visit to our station on an annual basis”.