Weather no deterrent to volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Four seasons in one day for Walmer RNLI.

Walmer volunteers battle the elements at the Car Wash

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteers battle the elements at the Car Wash

Sunshine, rain showers, strong winds and hail storms. Walmer’s volunteers endured it all at the 6th annual Car Wash in aid of the RNLI’s Mayday Fundraising campaign yesterday, 4 May. Hoping to beat last year’s record total of 136, teams of washers and dryers worked through the weather conditions for five hours from 10am to reach a total of 144 vehicles washed, including Royal Mail vans and the HM Coastguard Land Rover. A total of £1315.39 was raised on the day. First through the door was Alistair Bassett, proprietor of the Goose on the Green, Walmer.

Following the event, sponsor and Walmer helm Dan Sinclair said ‘We would again like to thank the people of Deal and Walmer for their continued unfailing support. I would also like to thank our crew with their efforts with the washing and drying, our shop volunteers and helpers for the marshalling of the cars, collecting money and keeping us regularly supplied with food and drink and the team from Peckish in Deal for supplying us with our hot chicken lunches.’

Two RNLI Excellence in Volunteering awards were also presented after the event to Dawn Whitbread and Ann Austin for their work in the station's shop and with the fundraising team.

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Walmer volunteers after beating record

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteers after beating record
Volunteers Dawn and Ann with theirawards

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Volunteers Dawn and Anne with their awards

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