First fundraiser of the year for Walmer RNLI


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A third annual Christmas tree chipping operation raised vital funds for the establishment.

Wet, windy and cool weather Saturday, January 8 did not dampen the enthusiasm of Walmer volunteers and local sponsor and businessman Tom Ledger’s Leaf Tree Services as they prepared to prune a forest of Christmas trees for the third fundraiser. Walmer’s annual lifeboat fundraiser. More than 500 trees have been chipped, and more will be dealt with over the next few days.

Prior to the event which was advertised as ‘Recycle your tree to help save a life at sea’, a complex was set up next to the lifeboat station on Walmer Green from December 26 to allow people to drop their trees. . A campaign of leaflets, banners and posters in the city before Christmas, a live radio interview on BBC Radio Kent by Lifeboat press officer Chris Winslade, articles in the local press and the offer of a Collection service by volunteers contributed to the number of recycled trees. Donations were collected in cash and through a Just Giving page.

So far almost £ 2,000 has been raised by the event and more donations are expected. The tree chips are used for biofuel, a renewable energy source, part of which helps power Discovery Park, a multi-company science park in Sandwich. Plans are already under discussion for a similar event next year. Walmer organizer and director Dan Sinclair said. “As always, we would like to thank our friends in Walmer, Deal and surrounding areas for their support and the local businesses for agreeing to publicize the event.”

Notes to Editors

The Walmer Rescue Station was established in 1856.

She currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a Class B Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller Duggie Rodbard II Class D.

Crews received 28 bravery awards

Photo 1 Walmer volunteers and sponsor prepare for work

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