Dungeness RNLI lifeboat welcomes 11 year old Jake Field from Bedfordshire on his 50th visit to a lifeboat station
On Sunday 27 July, Jake Field age 11 from Bedfordshire, a member of Stormforce, the RNLI’s Club for young people came to visit our new Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ to mark a celebration of 50 visits to lifeboats stations around the country.
With his dad Martin, mum Stephanie and sister Kady, age 9 he was given VIP treatment including being shown over our new Shannon lifeboat. To make it even more special and memorable he was given the opportunity to sit in the Coxswain’s seat although it was rather difficult for him to see over the instruments in the wheelhouse. He was presented with celebration balloons and a framed certificate from the station. Jake is a keen fundraiser for the RNLI and his mum Stephanie said “We first visited a lifeboat station when we were on a holiday and Jake was two, I don’t really know what caught his eye, maybe the distinctive bright orange and blue design of lifeboats, but caught, it was! One day he came home from school and said he wanted to raise money for the lifeboats. We were delighted, who wouldn’t be if their child wanted to do something to help others, and we have encouraged him as much as possible”
- Written permission has been given for the photographs of Jake and his family to be published.
- Photographs show Jake Field in coxswain's seat in the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 and Jake and his family with Chairman of our RNLI Fundraising Committee Nigel Packer and Station Tractor Driver Noel Packer.
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