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Donations received to assist in the repair of a vandalised RNLI Lifeguard hut

Lifeboats News Release

Members of the public and the local Rotary Club mad donations after the newly installed RNLI Lifeguard hut at Sheerness was vandalised

The damaged RNLI Lifeguard hut at Sheerness

RNLI/Vic Booth

Mindless vandalism

Two separate donations from members of the public were handed in to the office of the Sheerness Times Guardian newspaper in Sheerness High Street.

The people were so disgusted that this could have happened and felt so strongly about the mindless vandalism that they felt compelled to show their appreciation by making the donations to help repair the Lifeguard hut.

Following these donations a cheque for £250 was handed to Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Nigel Budden by a representative of the Rotary Club of Minster on Sea echoing the same comments as the previous donors and also requesting the money be used to offset the costs of repairs to the hut.

It is estimated that the damage done to the Lifeguard hut will cost approximately £1000 to repair.

The coxswain and crew of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats passed their thanks to those involved for the kind donations.

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