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Students get insight into RNLI's work

As a reward for raising money, College students got the chance to get on board a lifeboat and experience life as a crew member.

The RNLI Education team, helped by a member of the Dover Lifeboat Station, held a water safety presentation for the group back in November, who then nominated the Dover Lifeboat Station as their chosen charity.

The Travel and Tourism department at Dover Technical College washed cars and held a non-uniform day during Community Week to bring in funds for the RNLI.

On Tuesday, May 10, the students got a chance to hand over the money in person, while getting a tour of the Dover station and lifeboat.

Sacha Waite, Programme Director for Travel, Tourism and Early Years, joined in the day’s activities and thanked the crew for their hospitality.

She said: “We were all made to feel so welcome, and it was such an interesting visit which gave us great insight into the important work the RNLI does.

“We got a tour of the RNLI station and found out what happens when they get an emergency alert. We were lucky enough to get on board one of the boats, finding out how they operate in the process.

“With the RNLI as the department’s chosen long-term charity, it was a brilliant visit that is sure to motivate our fundraising even more in the future.”

Andy Milton, Visits Officer at RNLI Dover Lifeboat Station, said: “The long tradition of volunteer crews continues to this day and it was great hosting the students and showing them the work we do.

“Community outreach and education is so important to us as it gives us a chance to spread awareness of the precautions people can take at the beach or in the sea for their own safety. We’re very grateful for the donations raised by the Dover Technical College group and hope to work with them again soon.”

 

RNLI Dover history

The RNLI was formed by Sir William Hillary in 1824, with the 200 year anniversary fast approaching. There has been a lifeboat station at Dover since 1837, when the Dover Humane Society raised funds and bought a newly-designed lifeboat which was crewed by volunteers. Since then there have been 13 lifeboats with the latest being the City of London II. Manned completely by volunteers since the very beginning, the station has had more than 1626 shouts and saved over 915 lives.