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Magnificent donation by schoolboy to Fleetwood RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Schoolboy Daniel is dressed in the traditional yellow waterproof clothing, along with the rest of the lifeboat crew.

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

Daniel with the lifeboat crew from Fleetwood RNLI

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.’

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