Educational day for youngsters

PRIMARY school children were treated to a visit from a livesaving volunteer and helped to raise more than £350 for charity.

Peter Marriage, from Hartlepool RNLI’s lifeboat station, spent the day at Throston Primary School, in Hartlepool, as part of the national SOS fundraising day.

He told the intrigued youngsters all about the work of the RNLI and gave them the unique opportunity of trying out kit and equipment.

In return the generous children, who were allowed to wear spots and stripes for the day, raised £363 for the Hartlepool branch of the national charity.

Mark Atkinson, headteacher at the school, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, said the children thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Mr Atkinson said: “It went really well.

“The Hartlepool branch always do something on SOS Day and we were delighted to be able to welcome them in to school.

“They explained to the children exactly what they have to do in an emergency and showed them how to use some of the equipment.

“The kids understand, living on the coast, how important the RNLI is and how the volunteers save lives.”

Children of all ages at the school got the chance to try out a number of different activities throughout the day.

Some of the talented children even recorded some of the demonstrations and games and made a podcast for the school’s website.

“It was great to see how enthusiastic the children were throughout the day,” added Mr Atkinson.

“They realise that this is something they could all get involved with in the future.

“We were all absolutely delighted to raise as much as we did, it’s a credit to all of the pupils and the staff.”