RNLI Wells receive £300 donation collected in a yellow welly

Lifeboats News Release

James Dye, aged 11 years, has been raising money for Wells Lifeboats for the last three years by collecting donations in a yellow welly stood on the reception counter at Silverline Marine in Brundall.

11 year old James Dye, hands over his donation to the treasurer, with the lifeboat, tractor and crew in the background

RNLI/Justine Sykes

James Dye, aged 11, hands over his donation of £300 to RNLI Wells Lifeboat Treasurer, Lorraine Cracknell during all-weather lifeboat practice.

Silverline Marine belongs to the Dye family, and James has been collecting for RNLI Wells for the last three years in an old yellow welly which used to belong to him as a young boy. He travelled up to Wells lifeboat station last weekend with his Mum and Dad, to hand over the recent year’s donation of £300 to the RNLI Wells Treasurer, during a practice launch for the Wells all-weather lifeboat crew.

James, a keen supporter of the RNLI, raised £110 during the first year, £220 in the second year, and during the most recent year he raised a fabulous £300, all through donations from customers who visited Silverline Marine on the Norfolk Broads.

To take it even further, the family business now invites visitors to donate £1 when they fill their boats up with water, to add to the donations already received for the RNLI.

RNLI Wells Lifeboat Treasurer, Lorraine Cracknell, said ‘it is always wonderful to receive donations for our lifeboat station, particularly when they are from children as young as James. We are very grateful to have him as one of our RNLI fundraising volunteers, and we were delighted he could join us to meet some of the volunteer lifeboat crew.’

The RNLI is the charity which helps to save lives at sea. Powered primarily by kind donations, our search and rescue service has been saving lives for nearly 200 years. If you would like to make a donation to Wells RNLI please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-wells All donations are very gratefully received.

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