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Sunderland school pupils raise lifesaving amount for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 3 October, pupils from Grange Park Primary School presented a cheque for £1,637 to the Sunderland branch of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Grange Park Primary School

School pupils Tom, Enoch and Elle presenting their cheque to RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Nick Campbell (centre) and fellow RNLI lifeguards.

The lifesaving donation was raised by children from the school’s Events Team.

Across the year pupils from the team organise a series of fundraising initiatives such as movie afternoons and non-uniform days.

The money raised by these events is then donated to a charity. The children select several charities that they would like the money to go to and present their choices to the School Council for the final decision.

This year the pupils have benefited from RNLI water safety lessons delivered by the charity’s lifeguards.

Following these workshops the school decided to donate its impressive fundraising total to the RNLI. The children felt that it was important to help the charity to continue its lifesaving work not just at sea but also in the classroom.

During the safety presentations the children learnt key water safety messages in a fun and interactive manner. They found out how to spot potential hidden dangers around open water, what to do in an emergency and how to raise the alarm.

The RNLI has particular significance for one Grange Park family who tragically lost their son Liam Hall last year, when he got into difficulty in the sea at Roker.

Liam’s mother, Sarah Hall, whose daughter Olivia is a Year Five pupil at the school said: ‘The RNLI do a fantastic job and I could not be more supportive of the school’s choice of recipient.’

RNLI Lifeguard supervisor, Nick Campbell (who accepted the cheque) said: ‘This is such a generous donation and we’re immensely grateful for all the hard work and dedication that the school has put in to raise it.

‘Such vital donations enable our charity to continue saving lives at sea. They also ensure that we can continue our preventative work, educating the next generation of beach users in how to respect the sea in a safe but enjoyable manner.’

RNLI Picture caption

The photo shows school pupils Tom, Enoch and Elle presenting their cheque to RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Nick Campbell (centre) and fellow RNLI lifeguards. Photo credit: Grange Park Primary School.

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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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland