Ramsgate Mayor joins visiting school at RNLI station to present a cheque

Lifeboats News Release

A busy friday afternoon for the crew, education team and the fund raising volunteers when the Mayor of Ramsgate called into the station to present a cheque for £500.

Group of people standing in front of the inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Mayor Raushan Ara presenting a cheque to Coxswain Ian Cannon
The Mayor Raushan Ara, along with her Fund Raising Chairman Peter Borrough, visited Ramsgate RNLI on Friday 28 February to present a cheque for £500 to the station.

The visit coincided with a school visit,arranged by the station's Education Visits Team John and Vanessa Ray, of year 4 students and teachers from local Dame Janet Primary Academy who have chosen Ramsgate RNLI as their charity of the year. Year 3 pupils had visited earlier in the year and messages of thanks from them were shown to the Mayor. All of the classes at the school will eventually visit the station to learn first hand the invaluable work that the crew do in saving lives at sea. Educating the young is the best way of preventing accidents around our shores.

Mayor Raushan Ara said ' As your Mayor of Ramsgate, it is with great honour and pleasure, that I have chosen Ramsgate RNLI as one of my chosen charities.
This organisation, staffed by volunteers, braves all kinds of weather conditions to save lives at sea. It also helps to educate the younger generation about water safety.
Ramsgate is a seaside town, and it is vital that the people within our community are aware of the potential danger inherent in the sea. I feel that, as Mayor, I am able to give something back to my home town by raising these funds. I would like to thank all my charity members and volunteer for their help in this endeavour.'

Coxswain Ian Cannon was delighted to accept the cheque on the station's behalf in front of quite a crowd of people, including pupils and teachers from Dame Janet Primary Academy, Ron Fennell vice Chairman of the station, Sarah Hewes Fundraising Chairman, John Ray from the Education Visits Team and many of the volunteer crew.
Ian said ' Without donations from the public we would be unable to purchase essential equipment to continue our role of saving lives at sea, so we thank all of you for your ongoing support'.

Karen Cox LPO Ramsgate email coxinthebox63@gmail.com Tel 07779848431

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and South East email paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk Tel 07785296252

Mayor and Coxswain holding a large cheque

RNLI/Sara Hewes

Close up of the cheque being presented by the Mayor

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