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Rainbows beam into Whitstable RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The 4th Whitstable Rainbows brightened up the evening when they popped along to the boathouse on Tuesday to present the station with a cheque for £100.00.

Crewmember Sam Turner receives the cheque for £100 presented to the lifeboat by the 4th Whitstable Rainbows on Tuesday evening. Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Crewmember Sam Turner receives the cheque for £100 presented to the lifeboat by the 4th Whitstable Rainbows on Tuesday evening.
Unit Leader Gemma Dengate said “We have 18 Rainbows aged between four and seven years and back in February we visited the lifeboat station on a rather cold day and spent an hour being shown around by Visits Team Member Sue Evans, Helm Ruth Oliver and Crewmember Ollie Myhill”

“As a result of this visit we decided to raise some money for the station and held a tea party for family and friends earlier this month at the 6th Whitstable Scout hut in Swalecliffe during which the children sold cakes and held biscuit decorating sessions and played games”.

Jo Fenton. Joint Chair of Fundraising said “It always pleases us when our younger supporters take the time to raise funds for the station and the RNLI and it was a magnificent effort on their part and we look forward to seeing them again at the station, they have certainly brought some brightness into the station this evening!”

Notes to editors

Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.

The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.

She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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  • Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
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