Thursday, 19 October 2017

Students raise £800 for lifeboats

MORE than £800 has been raised for the RNLI by the Piggott School in Wargrave after pupils paid to take

MORE than £800 has been raised for the RNLI by the Piggott School in Wargrave after pupils paid to take part in a non-uniform day last week.

The Twyford Road school will also be hosting the charity’s annual car boot sale on June 9.

Michael Porter, chairman of the Wargrave and Twyford branch of the RNLI, said: “If the weather is nice we should be able to raise about £2,500.

“The annual boot fair has been running for 20 years and it is amazing how many people come to it.

“Three years ago I was quite worried that the impact of the recession would knock off a very big percentage of what we could raise but we have kept on solidly, which is very satisfying.”

Mr Porter, of Station Road, Wargrave, will travel to London in May to receive a gold award for his commitment to the charity.

He said: “Forty years ago I got involved because the chairman at the time lived down the road from me and we used to travel into work together.

“One day he asked me on to the committee. I said ‘yes’ and I have been involved ever since.

“There is a very high level of support for the service. People are always very happy to help.

“It is surprising how many people say that this is the best charity of all when there are so many out there.”

His wife Wendy has been secretary of the branch for the past nine years.

Mr Porter said: “Our branch is heavily involved with fund-raising and is very successful, as is the Henley branch.

“We organise events and various activities throughout the year which are required to keep the lifeboats going.

“The volunteers and members of the committee are a great bunch of people. A lot of people do house-to-house collections or collect on the street and we raise about £10,000 each year.”

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