Magnificent donation by schoolboy to Fleetwood RNLI
The volunteer lifeboat crew at RNLI Fleetwood received a surprise visit yesterday, from 12 year old Daniel Burke, who had raised £175 for the charity.
Daniel organised a fund raising event, held at the family home in Thornton, as part of the Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award scheme. Helping to bake cakes, gathering donated raffle prizes, advertising and hosting the event, was quite challenging for the youngster. However, he was rewarded by a great turn out at the fund raiser, which raised much more than expected.
Daniel, who attends St Aiden’s School in Preesall, accompanied by his mum, Sarah, visited Fleetwood lifeboat station to present the donation. Warmly greeted by the volunteer lifeboat crew which includes Daniel’s father, Gavin, he was fitted out in the traditional yellow waterproofs for photos to be taken on the new Shannon class lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint.
David Eccles, Lifeboat Operations Manager for RNLI Fleetwood said, ‘This is a fantastic donation from Daniel. It’s great to see someone so young getting involved in the local community. Not only is the £175 a great achievement, but the commitment and hard work shown from Daniel, is even more commendable.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.