Students donate funds to Eastbourne RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew

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Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat crew were pleased to welcome Senior Lecturer Dr Michael Williams and student Katharina Burger to the station on Thursday 27 July to accept a cheque for £823 which had been raised by International Event Management students at Brighton University

A group of four students present the cheque to Carl Pocock and Eastbourne RNLI Coxswain, Mark Sawyer

RNLI/Bob Jeffery

A group of four students present the cheque to Carl Pocock and Eastbourne RNLI Coxswain, Mark Sawyer

As part of their syllabus the students organised several events including a fashion show, a pirate themed ball, an art exhibition and several quiz nights, with all profits being donated to charity.

All events took place in May 2017 and were attended by a mix of members of the local community and School of Sports and Service Management students.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of Eastbourne RNLI, Lifeboat Operations Manager Carl Pocock thanked the students for their excellent work and said the money would go towards equipping new volunteers with the specialist equipment they need to continue the station’s committed mission of saving lives at sea.

Notes to editors

Eastbourne has celebrated over 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee and an inshore D-class lifeboat Laurence and Percy Hobbs.

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