Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Thank You For All Your Support In Helping To Share Our Drowning Prevention And Water Safety Messaging

A big ‘Thank You’ to all our lovely followers and the fantastic people out there that help share our blogs on social media.  This is hugely appreciated by our team and is essential to helping to get the drowning prevention and water safety messages out to as a wider audience as possible so that we can help prevent drownings and incidents at the coast.

 

Stay tuned to learn more about our Community Safety work, key safety messages and how you can help Respect the Water!

Thank you and Stay Safe!

 

 

RNLI  Announced as Official charity for the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon

We are delighted to announce that the RNLI has been announced as the official charity for the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon which will take place later this year in September.  The event formerly known as the Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the most prestigious running events in the South East, taking either 13 or 26 miles of the most stunning and picturesque sights and landscapes through Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Westgate-on-Sea.

 

The race organised by Thanet Roadrunners AC is considered to be one of the friendliest marathons to take part in and will see a large number of serious athletes as well as charity runners.  The event starts at 9.30 am on Sunday 6th September 2020, beginning and finishing at Palm Bay School, Cliftonville.

The decision to award the charity this major role was made by the Race Director of the race and Thanet Roadrunners AC club committee.  £1 from every entry will be donated to the RNLI which will be divided equally between Ramsgate and Margate Lifeboat Stations.  In addition the RNLI Community Safety Team are planning to have a sea safety stand at the event where it will deliver important safety information and advice to all the runners, families and spectators.

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Ramsgate All Weather Lifeboat

Maryanne Aitken, Race Director of the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon said, ‘Thanet Roadrunners is delighted to partner with the RNLI, which does so much work locally to educate locals and visitors alike about water safety’.

 

Andy Mills, Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer said, ‘We are over the moon that the charity is so recognised locally by such important community organisations like Thanet Roadrunners AC.  Over the year, we hope to promote this race, our involvement in the important message of water safety.

Further details about the race will be published on the Thanet Roadrunners website in due course.

 

Stay tuned for details about our involvement with this great event on our Blog and social media channels

RNLI Thanet Community Safety Team Attend Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity Award Presentations for Swim Safe Donation

The RNLI Thanet Community Safety Team were invited by the Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of East Kent, Right Worshipful Brother Neil Hamilton Johnston to the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity Award Presentations at the Cathedral Lodge at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 16th November. We were among several other worthy charities from around the county who each received generous donations from this charitable organisation. The RNLI Thanet Community Safety team are very grateful as the donation contribute towards the Swim Safe Scheme, which this year allowed 1,008 children to have swimming lessons at Margate Beach.

During the ceremony, 16 charities gave presentations about the good works that they each did. John Homer from our team gave a presentation about Swim Safe, how it was delivered and how important the charitable contribution was to the welfare and confidence of each child taking part. 

 Andy Mills, RNLI Thanet Community Safety Officer said, ‘Swim Safe is a fantastic programme that helps to keep children safe. It gives each child greater awareness of how to enjoy the sea safely. It’s an integral part of our Community Safety plan.’

 He added, ‘Since its inception last year it has grown from 500 children taking part to 1,008 this year. Nationally 22,000 young people took part in a Swim Safe session this Summer. Without the generous support of organisations like the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity, we would not be able to deliver these sessions …so from everyone on our team…thank you so much.’

Picture shows John Homer (Left), Ian Lockyer (right) (RNLI Thanet Community Safety Team) with Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of East Kent, Right Worshipful Brother Neil Hamilton Johnston (Middle)

The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity website is currently in development, but you can find out contact details for the charity there: http://cornwallisekfc.org.uk/

To find out more about Swim Safe  https://swimsafe.org.uk/

Stay tuned to our website and social media pages about Swim Safe Thanet coming next year. https://thanetrnlicommunitysafety.org.uk/

Thanks to Ian Lockyer for writing this informative blog!

Mayor of Ramsgate – Civic Reception

Two members of our Community Safety Team were privileged and honoured to attend the Mayor of Ramsgate, Councillor Raushan Ara’s Civic Reception at the Salvation Army Hall on Thursday evening. The evening marked the official Mayoral ‘Declaration of Acceptance of Office’.  A large number of the community were invited along from a variety of fantastic groups to celebrate it along with local diginitaries and former Mayor’s.  It was fantastic to have the Mayor’s respective Chaplain’s conduct prayers: Carl Whitewood (Lieutenant Corps/Church Leader Salvation Army), Nasir Hurue (Al-Birr Community Centre and Mosque), Fr John Chater (St George the Martyr, Ramsgate) and Rabbi Cliff Cohen (Thanet and District Reform Synagogue).

A wide range of community groups who do so much to help the local area were awarded certificates of appreciation from the Town Mayor including the organiser of the Ramsgate International Film Festival, Friends of Ellington Park, Winterstoke Association, Thanet Winter Shelter and the Ramsgate Art Group to name a few.  We were thrilled to learn that the Mayor has selected the RNLI Ramsgate as one of her chosen charities for her term of office.

We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to Councillor Raushan Ara, the Town Council Clerk and Staff for organising the event and for inviting us along. We would like to wish Councillor Ara well in her term of office as the Worshipful Mayor of Ramsgate Town.

Useful links

Ramsgate Town Council

Friends of Ellington Park

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Water Safety Stand at Ramsgate Mayday Coffee Morning

Our team will be supporting the Ramsgate RNLI Fundraisers Mayday Coffee Morning on Saturday 11th May 10:00am-1.00pm at Ramsgate Lifeboat Station. The coffee morning includes tours around the boathouse (subject to operational commitments) an RNLI Shop stand, bric-a-brac and of course tea/coffee and cake for just £2.50 a ticket which is all helping to fund the new lifeboat crew kit. Our team will be on hand to share water safety advice, lifejacket checks, learn the best way of ‘calling for help’ in an emergency and how to ‘float to live‘ plus lots more.

More information on the great work that the Ramsgate Fundraisers get up to can be found via this link to their facebook page.

Yummy cakes and coffee available at the Ramsgate RNLI Mayday Coffee Morning