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Local school raises funds for Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Pupils of the Abbey School at the Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey, held a week-long series of events to raise funds for the local Sheerness RNLI lifeboat.

The children from all years at the school were asked what charity they would like to support in a series of events thought up and organised by themselves.

Vanessa Sims, head of the Abbey School said: ’The pupils decided they would like to support their local RNLI lifeboat station, as living on an island and being surrounded by water the lifeboat volunteers play a very big part in the safety of the community. The amount raised was a brilliant £751 which is the largest amount ever raised by the schools for any charity.'

To raise this amount the children and staff took part in all sorts of activities including welly throwing and football games.There was a cake stall and a lemonade stand plus a raffle and lots of other activities all thought up by the pupils themselves.

Year seven pupils Amber Williams and Luis Trainer, along with year nine pupil Kian Trainer, handed over the cheque to Sheerness lifeboat coxswain/mechanic Robin Castle and 2nd coxswain Paul Jarvis at the school on Tuesday 3 May.

Robin said: ‘This is an excellent amount and we are extremely grateful to all the children for their efforts. An amount such as this will allow us to purchase a full set of safety clothing for a crew member. Well done to you all and perhaps in the not too distant future some of the pupils will become our next generation of crew members.'

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James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207425 / 07786 668825

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