Since they started fundraising 7 years ago, Year 10 student Helen and her younger brother Arthur, who will join us in September, have raised an astounding £10,000 for the RNLI.


In a special ceremony at the RNLI station at Newbiggin they were presented with commemorative gifts from RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie in recognition of their amazing fundraising efforts. 

During the presentation the two recollected on the many ways they have raised funds. Helen was asked where she got her inspiration for the venture replying “We’ve always liked sailing and the RNLI are a very important part of safety for boaters. To go out in all conditions takes incredible bravery and without the support of the general public, they wouldn’t be able to help those in need.” 


After the presentation they were given a guided tour around the station to look at the equipment and meet the volunteers. With support from the Newbiggin Heritage Partnership they were then taken on a special visit to the Newbiggin Rocket House and Newbiggin Maritime Centre. 

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website.