Donaghadee Lifeboat

Rockport children support RNLI volunteers

FIFTEEN children from Rockport School’s primary five class paid a visit to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s lifeboat station in Donaghadee to learn how the Saxon and her volunteer crew save lives at sea.

The children, from the independent school at Seahill, had a chance to try lifejackets and other safety equipment before visiting the RNLI shop to spend their pocket money on Christmas presents and help support the charity. The shop has been restocked for the holiday season and the children’s purchases included toy lifeboats, cuddly seals and a packet of chocolate ‘seagull droppings.’

As a special treat the class was invited to Pier 36 for tasty ice cream.

“It was much better than a maths class,” said Olivia Anderson-Orr, aged eight. “I want to join the lifeboat crew when I grow up and maybe work in the shop.”

It costs £140 million a year to run the RNLI and income from the shop makes a valuable contribution. If you can spare a few hours a week behind the counter in please contact 028 9188 8079.