Stepping out for the RNLI

THOUGHTFUL students pounded the streets to raise money for a life-saving charity.

Around 40 students from St Hild’s Secondary School, in Hartlepool, took part in an eight-mile sponsored walk in aid of the RNLI lifeboat charity.

They were joined on the walk, which started at their school, in King Oswy Drive, by volunteer lifeboat crew members Steve Pounder and Clare Gibbin, as well as staff members.

The route took in King Oswy Drive and the Hart to Haswell walkway and took three-and-a-half hours to complete.

The school has taken part in a number of walks to raise money for worthy causes over the years, including Hartlepool and District Hospice and the special care baby unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and over the past six years, youngsters and their teachers have raised around £3,000 for charity.

The school now organises two walks a year in aid of the RNLI and some of the young people have taken part in several of the walks.

The money from the event, which took place ahead of yesterday’s RNLI SOS, the charity’s biggest fundraising day, is still being counted.

Tom Bissett, the school’s head of citizenship and Year 10 team leader, who joined in the walk, said: “The atmosphere on the walk was fantastic.

“The RNLI is a vital service and they do a fantastic job.

“The kids know about it and appreciate the work they do to make them feel safe.”

The students and staff have now been invited to the lifeboat station, in Ferry Road, for a visit.

Mike Craddy, operations manager for the RNLI lifeboat station, said: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant the way the school helps us with fundraising every year without fail.

“It is very much appreciated.

“Without the good co-operation from the school, it would be very difficult for the RNLI to survive without public founding.”

People can still sponsor the children by calling the school on (01429) 273041.