Local youngster makes donation to Sunderland RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A 9 year old Sunderland school girl visited local RNLI volunteers to hand over a donation she raised by completing the active Sunderland big walk; a 7 mile walk starting and finishing at Herrington Country Park.

Grace Haswell (left) and her mam Lorna Haswell with Sunderland RNLI volunteers

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Grace Haswell (left) and her mam Lorna Haswell with Sunderland RNLI volunteers

Grace Haswell, aged 9 from Fulwell raised £207 by completing the active Sunderland big walk on 1st October. The 7 mile walk started and finished at Herrington Country Park covered the beautiful River Wear valley behind Penshaw Monument, an area of unspoilt countryside which is one of the city's finest outdoor spaces and home to a rich mosaic of habitats and wildlife.

Lorna Haswell, Graces mam said: “We are extremely proud of Grace for completing the walk and then going on to raise the vital funds for the RNLI. Living close to the sea front we fully appreciate the work that the charity does and proud that Grace has decided to complete this fundraising challenge”.

Grace, a pupil at Fulwell Junior Primary school decided to carry out the walk to raise money for the charity after her older sister completed some of her Duke of Edinburgh Award by volunteering with the charity.

Paul Nicholson, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said “All of the volunteer crew at Sunderland RNLI are always extremely appreciative of donations particularly ones made by youngsters like Grace. Being a charity we rely on donations such as this and fully appreciate the time and effort that Grace put into her fundraising challenge.

As a charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.


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Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operational lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

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