First fundraiser of the year for Walmer RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A third annual Christmas tree chipping has raised vital funds for the Institution.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

A wet, breezy and chilly Saturday 8 January did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Walmer volunteers and sponsor and local businessman Tom Ledger’s Leaf Tree Services as they set about chipping a forest of Christmas trees for Walmer’s third annual lifeboat fundraiser. Over 500 trees were chipped, with more to be dealt with over the next couple of days.

Prior to the event which was advertised as’ Recycle your tree to help save a life at sea’, a compound was set up next to the lifeboat station on Walmer Green from 26 December to enable people to drop off their trees. A leafleting, banner and poster campaign around the town before Christmas, a live radio interview on BBC Radio Kent by Lifeboat Press Officer Chris Winslade, articles in the local press and the offer of a collection service by volunteers contributed to the number of trees recycled. Donations were collected in cash and via a Just Giving page.

So far, nearly £2,000 has been raised by the event with more donations expected. The tree chippings are used for biofuel, a source of renewable energy, some of which goes to help power Discovery Park, a multi-business science park in Sandwich. Plans are already being discussed for a similar event next year. Organiser and Walmer helm Dan Sinclair said. ’As ever, we would like to thank our friends in Walmer, Deal and surrounding area for their support and local businesses for agreeing to advertise the event.’

Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

Photo 1 Walmer volunteers and sponsor gear up for work

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