A Putnoe schoolboy has recently notched up a half-century of visits to lifeboat stations around the British Isles.
Jake Field, 11, was given the VIP treatment when he made a trip to Dungeness on the Kent coast to see a new Shannon class lifeboat for his 50th trip.
Jake said: “I really enjoyed it. My ambition is to visit all 236 lifeboat stations in the country. A distant uncle of my mum’s worked as a coxswain on a lifeboat in Sussex and it made me interested in them. I would love to work on a lifeboat one day.”
Proud mum Stephanie said: “We first visited a lifeboat station when we were on holiday when Jake was two. When he was older he came home from school one day and said he wanted to raise money for the lifeboats. We were delighted. Who wouldn’t be if their child wanted to do something to help others and we have encouraged him as much as possible.”
On the trip to Dungeness, Jake, who has raised £1,300 over the last few years for the Royal National Lifeboat Insitution (RNLI) was given the opportunity to sit in the coxswain’s seat and presented with a framed certificate.
A spokesman for the RNLI, which has saved 140,000 lives since its foundation in 1824 at a cost of more than 600 lives lost in service, said: “We’re so grateful for Jake’s support – as a charity, we’re reliant on the public’s generosity to ensure our lifeboats can continue to launch, so every penny counts. We look forward to welcoming Jake to our lifeboat stations in the future.”