Schoolboy is Stromness star fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

Robert Forbes (14) of Stromness Academy, Orkney has raised over £1,000 for the RNLI.

Robert Forbes (right) handing large cheque to Colin Mowat with Stromness lifeboat in the background

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Robert Forbes presents cheque to Coxswain Colin Mowat
Robert, who is no stranger to fundraising for RNLI, hit upon the simple but effective plan of distributing jars to people to be filled with loose change.

Collecting and emptying at intervals, he soon passed the £1,000 mark and on Friday last met volunteer coxswain, Colin Mowat, to hand over the cheque for £1,068.

In discussion afterwards would-be chef Robert hinted the next campaign might be 'Cream Teas' in a Box for delivery or, perhaps a Christmas wreath service.

Either way, Stromnessians can look forward to supporting Robert, and RNLI, in something worthwhile again soon.

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