Ordnance Survey staff volunteer time at Calshot RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On 31 August, five members of staff from Southampton based Ordnance Survey donated their volunteering days to Calshot RNLI.

RNLI/Justyn Leonard

Laura Masterson and Ordnance Survey colleagues volunteering at Calshot RNLI

Ordnance Survey offer staff time off to volunteer in their local community and staff member Laura Masterson contacted Calshot to ask whether they could come and spend a day volunteering at the station.

On arrival at the station, Laura and fellow members of her service desk team were given a guided tour of the station and boats, before being put to work.

They spent the morning, under the watchful eye of mechanic, Paul Courcha, giving the D Class Lifeboat Willett a thorough clean, before working their way through the D Class shed and crew changing area and on through the rest of the station.

Laura said of the day she and her colleagues spent at Calshot; ‘Ordnance Survey offers us a day per year to go and give something back to the community. Some of our colleagues had volunteered at Poole previously, so we decided to support Calshot as our local station due to the amazing lifesaving work that the RNLI performs. We’ve had a great day and it’s been an amazing experience.’

Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Jane Banting added; ‘It has been lovely to welcome the team down from Ordnance Survey, we are so grateful that they chose to donate their volunteering day to us here at Calshot. They are already making plans for a return visit in 2023 and we look forward to welcoming them next year.’

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