Boathouse visit raises cash for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Youngsters, parents and supporters from the ‘Silly Sloths Mobile Soft Play’ group raised around £40.00 for the Hartlepool RNLI by collecting 5p coins in ‘Betty’s Pots’.

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Youngsters, parents and supporters from the ‘Silly Sloths Mobile Soft Play’ group pictured at Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station.

The cash was presented to the charity that saves lives at sea during a group visit to the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

Helen Waddingham who runs the group said ‘We had a fantastic time at the lifeboat station with both children and grown-ups learning about how to stay safe at the seaside and we also had a look at the inshore lifeboat and learnt about what it takes to be a member of the lifeboat crew’.

Hartlepool RNLI mechanic Garry Waugh who showed the group around the lifeboat station said ‘It was a pleasure to host Helen and the group.

‘Their generous donation will help fund training and running costs at the lifeboat station’.

‘Bettys Pots’ can be obtained from Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Call 01429 266103 for availability

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Hartlepool RNLI mechanic Garry Waugh and Helen Waddingham of ‘Silly Sloths Mobile Soft Play’ pictured with some of the youngsters on the inshore lifeboat.

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