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Caitlyn's beach glass collection raises funds for St Ives RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A young holidaymaker has raised cash for St Ives RNLI by selling her collection of beach glass and gem stones.

Caitlyn Sefton,8, searched for coloured glass and sparkly stones on the beaches of St Ives to sell on the doorstep of her holiday home in a bid to raise some money for the local lifeboat station.

Selling five special gems for 10 pence, the youngster raised an impressive £33.50 during her holiday.

Caitlyn, from Bolton, visits St Ives every summer with her family and said she wanted to help the local lifeboat crew after discovering they are all volunteers.

During a training session on Wednesday night (17 August) Caitlyn presented the donation to St Ives RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager, Derek Hall.

Caitlyn also met some of the volunteer lifeboat crew, who praised her fundraising work.


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