Hampshire - A wave of interest in sea safety

5th June 2009 at 01:00

Thousands of schoolchildren in the county will learn about rip currents, red and yellow flags and other aspects of beach safety thanks to a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Opus International Consultants, a project management company in Fareham, has given the charity Pounds 4,200 to pay for a year of educational work.

Nick Kenyon, the institution's area fundraising manager, explained: "Opus already had a link to the RNLI as they have been involved with the development of several lifeboat stations and boathouses.

"The technical director from Opus, Brian Hillman, approached the RNLI with a very interesting proposition: they were interested in paying for a group of children to go to our headquarters and undertake some sea safety training. Once we started talking, it became clear they could support the RNLI right on their own doorstep in Hampshire, and in such a way as to benefit not just a group of 30 children, but potentially thousands."

Volunteers from the charity already visit schools to give presentations. Last term, they made contact with 3,600 pupils.

The donation will fund expenses, teaching materials and props for talks.

There are lifeboat stations at Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington in Hampshire, and Yarmouth, Cowes and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. hw.

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