Local College rewards Ramsgate RNLI volunteer crew for making a difference.

Lifeboats News Release

A water safety talk at a local school had a sweet outcome for the Ramsgate crew.

A lineup of RNLI crew stood behind a trestle table full of gift bags

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

The lifeboat crew with teacher chloe Whiteley

Vanessa Ray, Water Safety Education Presenter, was asked to talk about winter beach,water safety and the work of the RNLI to school years 2, 3 and 4 at St. Lawrence College, in Ramsgate during the morning of Monday 20 September.

As a result the year groups later held a 'make a difference day' to raise money to support Ramsgate volunteer lifeboat crew. With the money raised each student purchased 'goodies' such as tea, coffee, chocolate drinking powder, biscuits, crisps, which they thought the lifeboat crew might like and personally decorated the paper bag in which they placed their purchases.

Due to Covid restrictions both at the school and in the boathouse sadly the children were unable to visit us, so one of the teachers involved, Chloe Whiteley, kindly delivered the goodies to the boathouse where she was thanked by Coxswain Ian Cannon and Mechanic Phil Mace along with members of the boathouse visits team.

Coxswain Ian Cannon said, ‘As we live by the sea it’s vitally important that our school children are taught from a young age how to act responsibly when playing by the sea. Our role is not just to save lives at sea but to educate people about the dangers of playing around water. We are very grateful to St. Lawrence College Junior School for the goodie bags which will be enjoyed by our volunteer crew. However we are delighted that the College asked us in to speak to them as it’s never too early to get safety messages across.’

Karen Cox Lifeboat Press Officer Email [email protected] Tel. 07779848431

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and South East Email [email protected] Tel 07785296252

A closeup of the goody bags

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

A closeup of the goody bags

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