RNLI funding boost

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PUPILS have raised hundreds of pounds for volunteer lifesaving crew members.

Hartlepool RNLI has received a £510 boost thanks to pupils at Cockton Hill Infants School, in Bishop Auckland.

Steve Sayers, an electronic engineer with the RNLI at divisional base at Thornaby, organised a visit to Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station for pupils at the school, where his three children are pupils.

They took with them a visiting party of Russian children and spent time looking at the lifeboats and watching videos.

Gary Waugh, Hartlepool RNLI mechanic, said: “They had a great time at the lifeboat station and went away saying they would raise some money for the RNLI.

“We got a call from headteacher Dr John Redman asking us to visit the school to accept a cheque for £510 that the children had raised by having a ‘bring and buy sale’ of their own toys.

“We took some kit and got a couple of teachers doing a ‘get your kit on race’ which the kids thought was great.”

Mr Waugh presented Dr. Redman with a framed photograph of Hartlepool RNLI’s all weather lifeboat, Betty Huntbach, and some photos and video footage of the visit, which the school has put on their website for their Russian friends to see.

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI operations manager, said: “This is a really good effort by the children and without such contributions the RNLI volunteer crews couldn’t do the training and help save lives at sea.

“We very much appreciate their contribution.”