Learning about lifeboats

AFLOAT Kara Parry, lifeboat crew member with some of the children from the reception class on the D-642 lifeboat.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120831-864)
AFLOAT Kara Parry, lifeboat crew member with some of the children from the reception class on the D-642 lifeboat. Picture: Sarah Standing (120831-864)
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A LIFEBOAT crew threw open its doors to a class of eager youngsters.

Children as young as four years old got the chance to look round the Hayling Island RNLI station thanks to a trip organised by Mayville High School, in Southsea.

The lifeboat service is the school’s chosen charity this year and it has been raising money with events and activities.

The school hopes to let pupils from every year look round the station and this time it was the turn of youngsters in the reception class.

Deputy headteacher Daren King said the youngsters found examining the crew’s gear and learning about what they do fascinating.

‘I know they were a bit concerned beforehand about the children being so young,’ he said.

‘But the crew really were fantastic and pitched it at just the right level.

‘It was great for the children to see where all the money they are raising through events is going.

‘The whole day really brought home to them what the lifeboats do and I’m sure they had a brilliant time.’