Ramsgate RNLI receive a visit from local store Charity Co-Ordinator.

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Our local branch of Marks and Spencer came to visit our station to see how money they helped to raise is being used.

Two many in discussion onboard a lifeboat

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Former crew member Ray Noble showing James the lifeboat

Our local Marks and Spencer at Westwood Cross, Broadstairs have been kindly supplying us with empty jam pots in support of the Betty's 5p Pots scheme all year so we were delighted to invite James, the Charity Co-Ordinator from our local Marks and Spencer store to visit the Ramsgate Lifeboat Station for a tour so that he can take back first hand how the money being raised is being used.

The idea for Betty’s 5p Pots first came from Betty Frith, who was the Honorary Treasurer for over twenty years at the Hertford branch of the RNLI. Sadly Mrs Frith passed away, but her legacy has lived on.

Many of our local shops and pubs are now hosting the jars for us, a scheme that is proving very popular with the public. The idea is to fill a small jam jar with five pence pieces, which people often find fiddly in their wallets and purses and then the full jar is returned to the place where it came from to be emptied, a simple but effective idea.

So far the Betty's 5p Pot scheme in our local area has raised in excess of £1200 for Ramsgate RNLI, and it has been difficult sourcing the jam jars, however stores like Marks and Spencer are a useful source of supply as they use them in their restaurants for afternoon teas.

As a result of the visit James was able to get a clearer idea of how the station worked and was impressed by the work done by our volunteer crew. As the RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary donations it is important that new ways of fund raising are found for the future, so that we can continue saving lives at sea.

Karen Cox Lifeboat Press Officer email [email protected] tel. 07779848437

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Officer London and the South East email. [email protected] tel. 07785296252.

A young man infront of an inshore lifeboat.

RNLI/Sara Hewes

James from Marks and Spencer Westwood Cross

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