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Two young girls show appreciation through lemonade

Lifeboats News Release

It’s the thought that counts at Cowes RNLI lifeboat station, when it comes to Bianca Flanders aged 11 and her six year old sister Clarissa.

 After paying a visit with their mother Ren to the station in Cowes Week the girls went away determined to raise money for the charity. At their home in Gordon Road, Cowes, with the help of a neighbour they set about making home-made lemonade on a hot day and selling it by the glass from a pavement stall to passers-by.


The two girls, with a business acumen that belied their years, decided the RNLI should receive 10 percent of the takings. So from the £13 of gross takings they duly turned up at the station to hand over £1.30p.


So touched was station visits officer Penny Maclean that the girls and their mother were invited to a training night to receive a ‘thank you’ certificate and a cuddle from the RNLI’s mascot Stormy Stan.


“I liked what you do here – helping people without any government money,” explained Bianca. Her proud mother said she was completely unaware of the initiative. “I work nights as a senior care worker so I was asleep at the time,” she said.


After receiving a rousing clap from the station volunteers the two girls stayed to watch the lifeboat being launched for a training exercise.


“The amount of money is irrelevant in this case,” said Penny. “This is an example of what young people on this Island will do for a good cause. Putting together a business model and then following it through with some hard work.”


Bianca said she would now be thinking of other ways of helping the RNLI.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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