Local Lions Club support for Whitstable lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable RNLI lifeboat station has received further support form the Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions Club who have made a donation of £300 towards a 'made to measure drysuit for one of the crewmembers and have over the year's been regular supporters of the station.

Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club president Fiona Page and lifeboat operations manager Mike Judge with the dry suit that the club has made a £300 contribution towards its cost.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club president Fiona Page and lifeboat operations manager Mike Judge with the dry suit that the club has made a £300 contribution towards its cost.

Lions Club President Fiona Page said 'We are pleased to be able to support our local lifeboat again with this contribution as, along with other charities and local organizations, our fundraising events have been very limited. Fortunately we have raised the funds from the proceeds of our boot fairs on Church Street playing field and from our day's running the charity car parking at the Whitstable Junior School and are pleased to be able to help pay towards this vital item of kit for one of the crew'.

Whitstable lifeboat operations manager Mike Judge said 'We thank the Lions Club for their continued support especially in the difficult circumstances that charitable groups have faced for their fundraising activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Keeping not only the lifeboat, its launching tractor and trailer and all the other equipment and kit associated with running a busy lifeboat station is obviously an ongoing expense and as ever we are grateful to the Lions Club for their continuing support'.

Notes to editors

Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.

The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.

She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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