Students splash out for lifeboat

Hartlepool RNLI mechanic Garry Waugh pictured with Dene Community School of Technology pupils (left to right) Bradley Williams, Courtney Maddison, Emmie Martin and Jordan Penman.
Hartlepool RNLI mechanic Garry Waugh pictured with Dene Community School of Technology pupils (left to right) Bradley Williams, Courtney Maddison, Emmie Martin and Jordan Penman.

SAFETY-CONSCIOUS students made a splash after boosting the coffers of a lifesaving charity.

Students from Dene Community School of Technology, in Peterlee, raised £410 for Hartlepool RNLI after paying £1 each to have a non-uniform day.

The lifeboat organisation is the Manor Way-based school’s chosen charity for the year.

The school’s deputy headteacher, Gary Stout, said: “As a school near the sea we take our responsibilities for safety very seriously.

“We are educating our youngsters about the need to act properly and treat the sea with respect.

“We will continue to support the RNLI next year.”

The money was donated after Clare Hope, a former volunteer with HM Coastguard, based in Hartlepool, whose husband Phil is a crewman with the town’s RNLI, took some Year 7 students to visit the lifeboat station, in Ferry Road.

Student Jordan Penman said: “I never knew it cost so much money to keep the RNLI going.”

Mick Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: “This is continued excellent support from the school.

“It has supported us a few times in the past.

“It’s lovely to see the way schools in and around the area support the lifeboat.”