Sponsored swim aids Sheerness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Young swimmers took part in a sponsored swim and presented a cheque to the RNLI.

A group of youngsters aged from nine to 16 years of age from the Beachfields Swimming Squad based on Sheppey raised money for Children In Need and the RNLI by taking part in a sponsored swim at the Mote Park leisure centre in Maidstone.

A cheque for £222.50 was handed over to Sheerness Lifeboat Operations Manager Colin Washford at the lifeboat station on Sunday 10 April. The group were then given a tour of the station and the lifeboats by the volunteer members of the crew.

Lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘We were very pleased to receive the cheque on behalf of the RNLI and it would be nice to think that amongst the youngsters present we could have some future crew members or lifeguards.’ 

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