Author: Ben Mitchell, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Two Sunderland students who are currently volunteering as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award are turning their hand to fundraising in aid of Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station.
Sophie Dawson (16) from Roker and Greg Chalk (16) of Fulwell have been attending training sessions, learning and working with the volunteer crew at Sunderland. This commitment is then put towards the “service” section of the Duke of Edinburgh award.
They have learnt the roles of the RNLI station and its crew as well learning some of the skills it would take to become a volunteer crewman.
After seeing the work of the charity first hand Sophie and Greg decided to organise a charity carwash in order to raise some of the vital funds the RNLI needs to continue saving lives at sea.
They have contacted local garages and motor shops in order to get supplies for the event with B&Q, Halfords and A1 Motorsports all donating to the cause with pledges of buckets, sponges, shampoo and chamois’.
Greg said ‘It was just announced that Sunderland RNLI were the busiest in our area last year and we realised how important fundraising for the crews is.’
The Carwash will be held at the Wolseley Pub in Roker between 11am and 4 pm this weekend (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February) with a minimum donation of £3 a car. All are welcome to come and support this event.
Greg added ‘Hopefully if our carwash is a success we can help the RNLI in Sunderland continue their lifesaving work’.
As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.