Calshot RNLI receive £250 donation from local sailing club

Lifeboats News Release

Calshot Sailing Club recently presented a cheque for £250 to Calshot RNLI after raising money amongst their members.

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Rear Commodore of Calshot Sailing Club David Poupard (2nd from right) presents cheque to Mark Weatherhead. Also pictured Sean Marsh & Andy Headley

Calshot Sailing Club is a family friendly club, catering for all skill levels, from beginners through to expert sailors, giving their members the opportunity to sail on one of the most diverse and challenging stretches of water in the United Kingdom. Located a few hundred yards along Calshot Spit from the lifeboat station, there has been a strong bond between the organisations over the 40 years that Calshot Sailing Club has been in existence.

The treasurer of Calshot Sailing Club, Keith Fisher said; ‘We know how hard it has been this year for the RNLI to raise money. Our members spend a lot of time on the water around Calshot and knowing that the team is here if we need them is a great comfort to us’

Rear Commodore of Calshot Sailing Club, David Poupard added; ‘As a former member of the crew at Calshot RNLI, I fully appreciate all of the hard work that they do for the community and we are delighted to be able make this donation.’

Calshot RNLI Acting Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mark Weatherhead responded; ‘Throughout the course of the year, we run a number of activities that include Brew with the Crew, Bands in the Boatshed and our annual Raft Race. These events are the lifeblood of our fundraising efforts and in our 50th Anniversary Year, due to Covid-19, we’ve been unable to run them. We are incredibly grateful to Calshot Sailing Club for their generosity in these challenging times.’

Media Contacts:

Calshot Lifeboat Station volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Justyn Leonard (07540) 920678 justyn_leonard@rnli.org.uk

Calshot Lifeboat Station volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Danni Strawford-Jones (07721) 694135 dstrawford@hotmail.com

Regional Media Officer, South East and London, Paul Dunt (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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Mark Weatherhead and David Poupard

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