A little boy from Eastbourne, who’s a big fan of the Lifeboats, has handed over a cheque for £475 to the town’s branch of the charity today (5 March).
James Williams, who turned 6 last month, didn’t want presents for his birthday, instead asking for donations to be made to the RNLI. Along with a boost from the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour of a donation of £100, he was able to raise the staggering amount for the cause.
On his birthday, he was surprised by the lifeboat crew, who took him out on a short trip around Sovereign Harbour with his mum, Lucy. You can see the video of his surprise here.
On receiving the cheque today, Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer said, “We received this lovely cheque from James today of £475 which he’s raised for Eastbourne RNLI and Eastbourne Lifeboat Station particularly. We’re overwhelmed by the amount, I mean £475 is just absolutely amazing. All money donated from his birthday and well-wishers and supporters of the Eastbourne Lifeboats. So, from us, it will go towards the crew kit and we think it’s absolutely amazing what he’s done for us.”
James’s mum, Lucy Williams said, “I’m over the moon. It’s really lovely to see how much we’ve been able to raise, I wasn’t expecting to be able to raise that amount and I know James is absolutely chuffed with that. I’m so pleased and grateful to everyone who’s put money into such a worthwhile cause and every penny helps, but that sort of money, they can get quite a lot of kit with that, so I couldn’t have wished for better. Thank you to everyone who’s donated.”