RNLI’s hats off to schools knitters

St Hild's pupils Robyn McLeod (left) and Kelsie(cor) Roberts pictured with some of the knitted hats and Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember Steve Pounder.

St Hild's pupils Robyn McLeod (left) and Kelsie(cor) Roberts pictured with some of the knitted hats and Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember Steve Pounder.

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LIFESAVING volunteers will receive a cash boost thanks to the handywork of school students, staff and relatives.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers have expressed their “huge thanks” to the generous group of fundraisers at St Hild’s C of E School, in King Oswy Drive.

The parents of students at the school and staff have worked together to knit dozens of hats before selling them at various events and venues all over the town.

The sales of the hats has so far raised £180 but school staff are hopeful that the total will be more than doubled when they sell more of the hats at the University Hospital of Hartlepool on Tuesday, December 18.

All of that cash will be handed to the local branch of the RNLI.

Suzanne Sotheran, head of Year 9 at the school, said: “We were just trying to think of ideas to raise money and came up with the suggestion of knitting hats and selling them to raise cash.

“We did some fundraising last year supporting Butterwick Hospice and this year students, staff and parents decided to support the RNLI.

“It’s a fantastic cause and we are happy to be supporting them in any way possible.”

Miss Sotheran praised the parents and grandparents who have helped to knit the hats.

She said: “They have done a fantastic job.”

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool’s RNLI lifeboat operations manager, explained the importance of donations such as the one from St Hild’s.

He said: “We are totally publicly funded so donations like this really are greatly appreciated.

“It’s a lovely touch from everyone at the school who has been involved.

“The school supports us year after year and it’s a great help.”