Bridlington RNLI received a generous donation from Bridlington Rotary Club to help the lifeboat station to continue to provide education for the local community.
On Wednesday 2 December, Bridlington Lifeboat Chairman Dave Garnett met with Bridlington Rotary Club President Paul Walker and other Rotarians at Bridlington boathouse to receive the cheque of £3200. The money will be used to create a virtual tour of Bridlington Lifeboat Station to enable people that would usually visit the station to learn about the lifeboats and the equipment that the crew use.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers for Bridlington RNLI would welcome schools and community groups to the station and provide workshops to educate visitors about the lifeboat station and give advice on how to enjoy the coast safely. Sadly, these visits have been suspended to ensure the lifeboat station remains a safe place for the crew to operate. The new virtual tour will enable the Lifeboat Visits team to continue their work by bringing the lifeboat station to the classroom.
Lifeboat Visits Officer, Dave Howker explained how appreciated the donation is, ‘Having a resource like this to bring into classrooms is going to be a very useful tool in educating the local schools and groups about what we do, and how to stay safe along the coast. We're incredibly grateful for the Rotary Club's donation as it will fund the shoot and also provide us with a laptop to use whilst we work within the community.'
The virtual tour will feature both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats as well as the equipment that the crew use to highlight what the RNLI volunteer crew do, whilst offering potentially lifesaving education to youngsters within the community. It's also hoped the virtual tour will assist with fundraising efforts and recruitment of volunteers.
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