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Ramsgate Junior Fishing Competition raises money for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat crew member Jason Parrott, also the owner of an angling boat, organised a 'Junior Fishing Challenge' which took place on 22 August with all money raised going to Ramsgate RNLI.

All those taking part in the Junior Fishing Competition

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

All those taking part in the Junior Fishing Competition
Fifty children took part in the competition and all were taken to sea off the local coast in nine local angling boats, the owners of which all provided their boats and time free of charge in support of the event. All fish caught were weighed and counted and returned to the sea alive.

During the early afternoon all involved in the competition came to the Ramsgate RNLI boathouse where refreshments were provided. Cups were awarded to class winners and everyone taking part in the competition was awarded a prize all of which were donated by local businesses and were presented by Ramsgate Coxswain Ian Cannon and Station Chairman Eric Burton.

By the end of the event some £2,200 had been raised with the final total anticipated to be in the region of £2,500 and, because of it's success it was announced that it was intended that the challenge will become an annual event.

All at Ramsgate RNLI would like to thank Jason Parrott for all his hard work, the boat owners for there time and support, all the competitors and all of the very generous donors who provided funding and prizes for the challenge.

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