Clacton RNLI host FREE Santa event
On Sunday 9 December the volunteers of Clacton RNLI will be hosting their annual Santa event at the boathouse in Hastings Avenue, where children can come and meet Santa for free, which will conclude a busy weekend of bringing festive cheer for the volunteer team.
Every year, after an intensive few months of training,Santa’s reindeers; Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer,Cupid, Vixen, Comet, Donder, and Blitzen spend a few days at a secret location nearby, having a medical and a little rest and relaxation while the sleigh is serviced and undergoes a MOT inspection, in readiness for their big night.
Santa takes this opportunity to take the reins of Clacton’s Atlantic class lifeboat David Porter MPS(subject to operational commitments) and bring a little Christmas cheer early to Clacton.
This year Santa is due to make his arrival at the Hastings Avenue boathouse at 11am where he will be met by his old friend Stormy Stan and shown to aspecially constructed grotto within the boathouse, where he will meet the children gathered individually to check their wish list and offer a free present.
This annual free event is a way for the volunteers of Clacton RNLI to say, ‘thank you’ to the community for their support over the past year.
The day before Stormy Stan and volunteers will be undertaking their annual 300 mile round trip delivering all the gifts donated by the local community and businesses for this year’s Christmas Appeal. With a mantra of one gift equals one smile, there will be a lot of smiley faces if the success of last year’s appeal is anything to go by.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.