Brilliant Ben does it again!
Raising funds for Poole Lifeboat Station
Although only 13 years old Ben Gregory is a seasoned fundraiser for Poole Lifeboat Station, it began when he was 7 years old raising £230 from a sponsored bike ride from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier, this followed by another bike ride a year or so later and then a sponsored swim, which is what he did again in his recent challenge, he completed 100 lengths raising an amazing £260
Ben trained hard and he was determined to raise money that will enable the volunteers at Poole lifeboat station to help save lives at sea. This brings his fundraising total so far, over the years to an amazing £940.
Ben a pupil at Carter Community School met up with Jonathan Clark Poole lifeboat stations longest serving crewman to proudly present his cheque, they met at the Old Lifeboat station which is now the Poole Lifeboat museum. Jon shared with Ben, how his father had also served on the crew at the old lifeboat station, it was then the operational lifeboat station, Jon explained that his dad had joined the crew in a specific role as an RNLI ‘swimmer’, the swimmer would be deployed from the lifeboat to swim to the casualty and take ropes or a line and be the first on scene, his dad went on to be the 2nd Coxswain.
Ben is going to continue with his swimming and is thinking of becoming a lifeguard Jon hopes that one day he may consider joining the crew as Ben’s commitment, drive and endurance would be very beneficial and he is currently volunteering for the RNLI for one of his commitments towards his DOE (Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.