Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Thanet RNLI Reindeer Run 2020
Two of the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team, Andy Mills and Ian Lockyer took part in the RNLI’s annual Winter fundraiser, the Reindeer run on Sunday 13th December. The pair together with Andy’s son, Ben and Thanet Roadrunners Jacquie Brazil, Ellis Johns and Eloise Kingett ran a 9-mile coastal route from Ramsgate RNLI station to Margate RNLI station taking in the customary hills and a strong wind which was fortunately behind the team for most of the distance.
The team who wore the obligatory antlers left Ramsgate station at 11.00am.  They were given a fabulous send off from Eric Burton (Ramsgate Lifeboat Station Chairman), Sarah Hewes (RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Fundraising), Ray Noble (Ramsgate Lifeboat Fundraising) and John Litchfield (Kent Police PCSO – Ramsgate Harbour) despite the windy and wet conditions.
En route, they were met by their colleague on the Thanet Community Safety Team, John Homer and his wife Joan, who despite being blown away by the wind, gave the team plenty of encouragement.
Ian Lockyer, RNLI Community Safety Adviser said, “I wanted to take the team completely around the coast to highlight some of the challenges that the RNLI has to tackle including the numerous call-outs for cut-offs. By just being a little more prepared and taking into consideration the tide times walkers can avoid the embarrassment of getting the volunteer crews out”.
He added, “It was also important to show support to the volunteer boat crew that will be on call all through the Christmas period with the possibility of Christmas lunch being interrupted”.
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Ramsgate All Weather Lifeboat Photo credit: Thanet RNLI Community Safety
“Lastly thanks to the team that ran this year and everyone who sponsored us….very much appreciated. Looking forward to doing this again in 2021, hopefully with a larger group”.

You can still sponsor the team at Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team to Take Part in Reindeer Run Between Thanet Stations (13th December)

The Thanet RNLI community team has been unable to get out as much as we would have dearly wanted to this year because of COVID restriction. We know that the Thanet community appreciate our proactive initiatives in passing on safety advice to boat owners, coastal walkers, fishermen and others that use the coast around the Isle.

One of the things we are going to do this year, with full social distancing, is support the RNLI with its Christmas fundraising initiative…..the RNLI Reindeer Run. 


Two of the team, Andy Mills and Ian Lockyer, will be running a coastal route from Ramsgate RNLI station to Margate RNLI station which is approximately 10 miles. Wearing the obligatory antlers, they will be leaving the Ramsgate station at 11.00am on Sunday, 13th December. 

Andy Mills, RNLI Community Safety Officer said, ‘We think it is an excellent way to raise awareness of the good work that the volunteers around our stations do and also raise funds for the RNLI. Volunteer crews at the charity’s 238 lifeboat stations will hope to sit down to enjoy Christmas dinner this year, some always have their festive celebrations cut short as their pagers sound and they leave friends and family and head out to sea.’

Ian Lockyer, RNLI Community Safety Adviser said, ‘Most of my friends would say this is a doddle for me but I would have run a marathon 24 hours before…so it will hurt.’

If you would like to sponsor our team, please visit our JustGiving page to make a donation.

Alternatively, why don’t you get involve and organise your own virtual Reindeer run on either December 12th or 13th. To find out more go to

Thank you and stay safe!

Ian Lockyer


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