Fourth Festive Fir chipping to raise vital funds

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer RNLI volunteers from across the station assembled for the first fundraiser of the year on Saturday, 7 January.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

A damp and windy Saturday didn’t deter Walmer volunteers and local businessman and sponsor Tom Ledger’s Leaf Tree Services, who brought two machines, from their task of making our fourth Christmas Tree chipping fundraiser a success.

Posters and flyers for the event, advertised as ‘Recycle your tree to help Save a life at Sea’ were distributed to local businesses and garden centres. As last year, a compound was set up on Walmer Green from Boxing Day to enable people to drop off their trees. A collection service manned by two crews of volunteers was also organised locally. A television cameraman from Meridian TV interviewed helm Dan Sinclair and sponsor Tom Ledger, and film footage was also sent to BBC South-East News with both broadcasters showing the event on their early evening programmes.

Monies are still being counted but we seem to be on course to exceed the £2000 raised at last year’s event. In total, 675 trees were chipped with these being used as biofuel at Discovery Park in Sandwich. Speaking after the event, Dan said ’As a charity, the RNLI relies heavily on donations. We cannot thank enough our friends and supporters in Walmer, Deal and the surrounding area for their help with advertising and bringing their trees and making these donations.’

Plans are already being discussed to make the event bigger and better next year.


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

To find out more about Walmer lifeboat station go to

Photo 1 Volunteers assemble before the event

Photo 2 Walmer helm Dan Sinclair's interview with Meridian TV

Photo 3 Sponsor Tom Ledger's TV interview

Photo 4 Leaf Tree Services chipper in action

Photo 5 Volunteers gather after a long damp and windy day

Photo 6 Tree counter


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  • Chris Winslade, Lifeboat Press Officer, Walmer Lifeboat Station on 01304 374475 or 07906 623037 [email protected]
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RNLI/Christopher Winslade

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

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