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Local six year old donates birthday money to Calshot RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A local six-year-old girl, Lola Barron, made a selfless gesture by asking for donations to Calshot RNLI instead of receiving presents this year.

RNLI/Justyn Leonard

Lola with Calshot RNLI volunteer crew members Damian Lester, Kelley Leonard & Daniel Reeve

Lola, who lives locally to the lifeboat station was welcomed to the station by crew and was given a VIP tour of the station and the boats, before having her picture with crew.

The excitement didn’t end there, as just as the visit was finishing, the pagers sounded, and volunteer crew launched Calshot’s relief Atlantic 85 B Class lifeboat Paul and Stella Rowsell to two paddleboarders in difficulty just off nearby Calshot Castle.

Lifeboat Visits Officer, Justyn Leonard said; ‘We’re always grateful when people choose to give money to us, especially in the current economic climate. It’s even more humbling when someone of Lola’s age chooses to donate to us instead of receiving birthday presents.’

RNLI/Justyn Leonard

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