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‘A Whale of a Time’ raises £200 for the RNLI

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Walsall Branch RNLI fundraising branch have been presented a kind donation in memory of Mrs Rita Cole.

Members of Rita Cole’s family, along with pupils from the Woodlands Academy of Learning, present £200 to the RNLI in memory of Mrs Cole

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A Whale of a Time’ raises £200 for the RNLI

In March, Woodlands Academy of Learning held ‘A Whale of a Time’ talent show in memory of Mrs. Cole, who worked at the Academy for 19 years. Rita Cole was a busy member of the office team and a keen supporter of the RNLI. Sadly, Mrs. Cole died last summer. Rita loved the children to sing and dance, which they most certainly did in their talent show. An RNLI Presentation was also included in the show.

The talent show raised £200 for the RNLI and a further £200 for Child Line.

In April RNLI Education Presenter Mrs Carolyn McLaughlin gave a sea safety presentation to the School’s assembly and received a cheque donation from Rita’s husband (Mr. Bob Cole) and daughter (Miss Julie Cole).

Phil Martin, the Hon. Treasurer of the RNLI Walsall Branch said: ‘I was amazed by the enthusiasm and hard work of the pupils that went into the making of the show. What a great tribute to someone who must have been a much-loved member of the school’.

Notes on the attached photo:

(Photo courtesy of the Walsall Advertiser)

(L to R)

Front Row: Pupils from the Woodlands Academy of Learning.

Middle Row: Rita’s daughter Julie Cole, Rita’s Husband Bob Cole, RNLI Education Presenter Carolyn McLaughlin.

Back Row: Philip and Ann Martin (Walsall Branch).

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For more information please contact Phil Martin on 01922 629835 or or Eleri Roberts, RNLI PR Manager (Wales and West) on 07771 941390 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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