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Clyst Vale students donate money to Exmouth RNLI from Harry Patch Day

Lifeboats News Release

On 29 November, students from Clyst Vale Community College visited Exmouth lifeboat station to hand over a cheque for £491.51 to volunteers following a successful annual fundraising event in memory of World War I hero, Harry Patch.

Clyst Vale students present a cheque to Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson

RNLI/Emma Tarling

The students present a cheque to Exmouth RNLI

Students throughout the college held various fundraising events including bake sales and an Auction of Promises for which local companies donated prizes. Heather Padden, Head of History and Politics at the College presented volunteers with a copy of a painted portrait of Harry Patch to the station, which had won an Art prize.

Fundraising Chair, Don Hodgkinson presented Heather with a plaque from the Institution for the College’s continued fundraising efforts. This was subsequently shown to the whole college and will be displayed at the College reception. He said:

‘Since 2009 students have donated a generous cheque to us each year which will help train our Crew volunteers to save lives at sea. We are extremely grateful that they continue to fundraise for us and we look forward to seeing them again next year.’

Students were shown around both Exmouth lifeboats – D class George Bearman and Shannon class lifeboat R and J Weburn and asked Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson and Crew volunteer Harry Griffin numerous questions about their roles and lifeboats.

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PR011216-1 Clyst Vale students handing over the cheque to Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson in front of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

PR011216-2 Fundraising Chair, Don Hodgkinson presenting Head of History and Politics, Heather Padden with a plaque from the Institution

For more information please telephone Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07837 810082 or email:

Fundraising Chair, Don Hodgkinson presents Head of History, Heather Padden with a plaque from the Institution

RNLI/Emma Tarling

Exmouth RNLI present a plaque to Clyst Vale Community College

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