Lifeboat boost from children

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PUPILS at Gladstone Road Infant School made a splash by handing over nearly £500 to Scarborough RNLI.

The money was raised during a collection at the school’s Christmas nativity plays.

Headteacher Anne Swift said she was delighted that the collection had raised £478.44.

She said: “Parent and families always give very generously and it was a remarkable amount. The nativity plays went very well and were well attended.

“Everyone said how much they had enjoyed them.”

Mrs Swift explained that the school does a collection every year and had decided to support the RNLI this time for a number of reasons.

She said: “The RNLI is very important for us as a seaside town. Living on the coast the children need to know about the dangers of going things such as going out to sea in a dinghy.

“Out Year 2 children have also been studying the emergency services, so we felt this was an appropriate organisation to support.”

John Porter accepted the cheque on behalf of the RNLI and spoke to the children during a school assembly.

Mrs Swift said: “He spoke about the lifeboat and the element of teamwork. The children really enjoyed the assembly and were very enthusiastic.

“One little boy even said to me that he wants to be a lifeboat man when he grows up!”

The money will go towards training up a member of lifeboat crew or lifeguarding equipment.