The magnificent £1,330 was raised for Whitstable Lifesaving Station by the 1st Sturry Beavers and Cubs from the proceeds of their sponsored walk held earlier this year, and on Monday evening the cubs visited the station to present their check and hear about the work of the lifeboat.
Cub Group leader Nikki Rigden explained: “Each year we try to do a sponsored walk for local volunteer groups and good causes that could do with some funds and this year was the first since the start of the pandemic”.
“We chose the lifeboat as it is close to our hearts and living just outside Canterbury we all love going to the beach. This year our walk was on the 12and Walk from our headquarters in Park View, Sturry through fields and woods to Wildwood Country Park. About 28 Beavers and Cubs ages 5-10 participated and completed the hike of just over two miles in about 1.5 hours.”
On Monday evening, Whitstable lifeboat education and tours managers, David Hayward and Sue Evans, were on hand to introduce crew and station members and explain the operation of the lifeboat and the station and the roles played by various crew members and other volunteers. . Helm’s Ruth Oliver highlighted many features of the lifeboat and its controls, while crew member Ollie Myhill demonstrated how the launch tractor was controlled and how to exit the vehicle in an emergency. His colleague Sam Turner demonstrated the use of the dry suit, life jacket and helmet and other protective clothing used by lifeboat crews.
After inspecting the lifeboat, its tractor and launching trolley, the group adjourned to the boathouse crew room to watch a video of a lifeboat rescue and make the official presentation of the check to the director of operations of the lifeboat, Mike Judge, who in return presented the group with photographs of the boat, certificates acknowledging their efforts and some other souvenirs of their visit.
Education manager David Hayward said: ‘Monday was our first evening that we were able to fully open the resort to visitors after the pandemic and we were very happy to be able to welcome the cubs to see the canoe rescue and station. They did an amazing job raising over £1,300 for the station and we were impressed with their enthusiasm, range of questions and knowledge.”
Nikki Rigden said after the visit: ‘The group will come away with a better understanding of the work of the RNLI and they have now learned the basics of how to call the coastguard and lifeboats in an emergency and have a greater awareness of safety at sea and on the water. , especially with the sea and the River Stour in our locality”.
Notes to Editors
The Whitstable RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. Volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between Kingsferry Bridge over the Swale in the west, around the south east side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards in the Thames Estuary.
The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through the bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who died in 2006.
This is called a rigid inflatable inshore rescue craft, the rigid hull of the craft being topped with an inflatable float. She carries a crew of four.
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