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M&S Foodhall Whitstable has announced it will be supporting the RNLI’s Whitstable Lifeboat Station as its Charity of the Year.

Colleagues at the store chose the nearby RNLI station as they were keen to support a local cause at the heart of the community. The RNLI is a vital service for the coastal town of Whitstable and the M&S team are excited to show their appreciation of the volunteers that risk their lives at sea for their community, through a series of fundraising activities over the next 12 months.

The store’s fundraisers plan to host various activities to raise money, including a staff ‘wear wellies to work’ day, to highlight how the funds raised will provide the charity’s volunteers with essential equipment needed to carry out their duties (including wellington boots). They will also host a sponsored coastal bike ride which will see colleagues cycle from M&S Westwood Cross to M&S Foodhall Whitstable and back again. Colleagues will don their wellies again to assist the RNLI with a local beach clean, as well as hosting collection days with charity volunteers dressed as sailors with one of their lifeboats to encourage donations from M&S customers.

Jamie Smith, Store Manager at M&S Foodhall Whitstable, said: “The RNLI’s lifeboat station is a major provider for our community and we have been touched by the charity’s efforts to look after the residents of Whitstable when they venture out to sea. Our team is raring to go with some really fun fundraising activities and hope to work closely with our customers over the next year to do as much as we can to support our RNLI volunteers.”

Liz Craig RNLI Community Fund Raising Manager  said: “We are over the moon that employees at M&S Whitstable have chosen us as their Charity of the Year. Every penny will contribute towards the running of our boats, vital equipment for our lifeguards and the organisation of educational events to promote water safety to children. We would like to thank the team at M&S Whitstable and very much look forward to working with them over the next year.”