Empty jam pots no fruitless task for Walmer RNLI
The Betty's 5p Pots Fundraising scheme for the RNLI has achieved amazing local success.
A little over a year ago some small jam pots were placed in the Coastguard Bar and Restaurant in St Margaret’s Bay with a view to encouraging customers to part with 5p pieces to support the Betty’s Pots Fundraising Scheme for the RNLI. Since then, Walmer lifeboat co-ordinators Dawn Whitbread and Ann Austin, who between them have arranged for a further thirty-two businesses, establishments and one school in the Walmer and Deal area to accept and display the pots, and have helped raise a total in excess of £13,000 for the scheme.
Dawn said ‘We would like to thank everyone who has helped us for their continuing support, from those who have collected, washed and donated the pots, individuals who have taken and returned pots to the lifeboat station, businesses which have acted as collection points around town and those who continue to display them. Without them we couldn’t have hoped to raise anywhere near this amount of money for the Institution. We hope to extend the scheme over the course of this year and invite other businesses to take part in 2020.’
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