Triathlon for Margate RNLI, no problem for nine year old Cub Scout

Lifeboats News Release

A nine-year old Cub Scout from Margate has completed a gruelling 21km triathlon to raise funds for charity as part of his efforts to gain the Chief Scout Silver Award.

Holy Trinity Sea Scout Group

Jacob presents his cheque to Chris Andrews (Holy Trinity Sea Scout Group)

Jacob Websdale is a Cub Scout with Holy Trinity Sea Scout Group and was challenged by Akela, Carole Pankhurst to raise funds for charity to gain his award. Jacob took up that challenge and on Easter Sunday completed the triathlon by swimming 1km, running 5km and cycling nearly 15km, almost 5km more than his target. In the process Jacob raised £275 for Margate RNLI and £275 for Thanet Lifeguard Club of which he is a member.

Recently, Jacob and his group attended the lifeboat station at Margate to hand over the cheque to Chris Andrews, Station Mechanic Margate Lifeboat, the occasion arranged in conjunction with Joel Goodwin a Scout member himself and also a member of the lifeboat crew. On the same occasion, Jacob was presented with his Chief Scout Silver Award, the highest available to a Cub, by Thanet District Cubs Assistant District Commissioner Malcomb Johns.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI Lifeboat said: “This is an incredible achievement for a nine-year old with the bonus that the RNLI and Thanet Lifeguard Club are benefiting from his efforts. We thank Jacob and his Group for the donation which will help us in our work of saving lives at sea – well done Jacob!”

Photo: Jacob presents the cheque to Chris Andrews, Station Mechanic Margate Lifeboat, far right is Scout Joel Goodwin, a member of the lifeboat crew.


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