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Budding young entrepreneur raises funds for RNLI
A HIGHCLIFFE schoolboy has raised more than £200 for the RNLI.
Ben Wayne, nine, told his dad Gary during the summer holidays that he wanted to raise funds for the lifesaving charity.
So he painted pebbles from his parent’s beach hut at Friars Cliff in return for donations to the RNLI.
His designs varied from football teams to aircraft involved with the Bournemouth Air Show.
The Highcliffe St Mark’s Primary School pupil was also commissioned by a local beach hut owner to paint a pebble with the name of their beach hut on it.
He spent three weeks of his summer holidays painting pebbles and has so far raised £240.
Ben said: “Not many people at the beach notice the RNLI going out and I wanted to help them as they help lots of other people.”
But despite all his hard work Ben has decided he doesn’t want to stop there.
A member of Christchurch Lifesaving Club and keen to join the RNLI, he plans to be back at the beach hut for Christmas with festive designs and next summer is planning to design and paint postcards.
Selina Taylor, RNLI community fundraising manager, said Ben‘s fundraising for the charity was greatly admired by everyone.
“I know our local lifeguards and lifeboat volunteers will be delighted to hear of Ben’s amazing fund-raising efforts for us.
“They’ll also be chuffed to bits to know that it was them that inspired him to come up with the idea.
“The RNLI relies on public donations so efforts like this go a very long way to help fund the work we do keeping people safe around the coast.”
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