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Pupils from St Patrick's raise funds for the new Shannon lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Pupils of St. Patrick’s Infant & Junior School in Workington have raised £167.10 towards the cost of the new Shannon Class lifeboat.

Pupils of St. Patrick’s Infant & Junior School in Workington have raised £167.10 towards the cost of the new Shannon Class lifeboat which is expected to be delivered to the Workington RNLI station early next year. 

They raised the money by selling orange RNLI wristbands to the pupils during break times at St Patrick’s school. 

Seen here presenting the cheque to (left to right) proud father RNLI Workington mechanic Richard Glynn  and volunteer lifeboatman Joe Birkett are Nathan Canfield and Richard’s son Luke Glynn.

Lifeboat operations Manager Tim Chittenden said: 'We are very pleased by the initiative they have shown, for the funds they have raised and for increasing  awareness in the school about our fund-raising campaign to purchase the new lifeboat.'

The new Shannon will replace the ageing Tyne class all-weather lifeboat Sir James Fisher.

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