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Scouts visit Fleetwood RNLI with donation pledge

Lifeboats News Release

When the 2nd West Drayton Scout Group requested a visit to Fleetwood lifeboat station, they unexpectedly came with a pledge to raise funds for the RNLI charity.

2nd West Drayton Scout Group with Visits Officer, Pat Robinson

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

2nd West Drayton Scout Group with Visits Officer, Pat Robinson

The group of six to 12 year olds were issued a challenge to cross eight of the Thames bridges, starting from Westminster and ending at the iconic Tower Bridge, raising funds for the life saving charity along the way.

The distance to be covered will be just over 10 kilometres and the walk will take place on 21 September.

The Scouts visit enabled them to see where and how their donations will be spent.

The Visits Officer, Pat Robinson, was also pleased to discover that the Scouts were fully aware of the RNLI’s ‘Float for your life’ campaign, which instructs the public, who unexpectedly find themselves in water, to initially float on their back to catch their breath, before considering to swim to safety.

Ken Harcombe, Press Officer for Fleetwood RNLI said, ‘It was heart warming to see the Scouts were aware of our life saving campaign and I hope they are successful in both their challenge and fund raising. They were a great group and a pleasure to have at the lifeboat station.’

To contribute to the Scouts donation go to; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2nd-west-drayton-scout-group

RNLI media contacts:

Ken Harcombe, Lifeboat Press Officer at Fleetwood Lifeboat Station at ken_harcombe@rnli.org.uk or alternatively contact Katie Lewis, Media Engagement Placement Wales and West at katie_lewis@rnli.org.uk

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