Gosport Coastwatch volunteers raise hundreds with help from Morrisons shoppers

Coastwatch volunteers spent a weekend raising hundreds for charity with the help of Gosport shoppers.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 1:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 1:39 pm
National Coastwatch Institution based at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport. Pictured is: (l-r) Chris Aps, station manager, Steve Tatford, senior watchkeeper, Peter Keepence, watchkeeper and Gail Rendle, deputy station manager. Picture: Sarah Standing (100519-7568)

Ten volunteer watchkeepers from the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) based at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport took turns to make a collection at the Gosport Morrisons store last weekend.

The group managed to collect more than £780 over two days, which will help the charity cover its expenses and buy vital equipment.

More than 60 volunteers for the charity contribute nearly 7,000 hours a year to the community, keeping a lookout for trouble on the waters and beaches of the Eastern Solent and Portsmouth Harbour.

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NCI Gosport reports directly to the Coastguard and is part of the Search and Rescue family.

Chris Aps, station manager, said: ‘NCI Gosport would like to thank the good people of Gosport for their generosity in supporting their local NCI Station.’