c2c Presents Charity Cheque
c2c present £1,000 charity cheque to Southend RNLI
Staff from local train operator c2c have handed a £1,000 cheque to Southend RNLI to help fund a new boathouse following a fund-raising walk and donation from the company.
21 c2c employees raised £500 by walking the 12 miles from Benfleet station to Shoeburyness station, sponsored by their colleagues and collecting extra donations on the way. c2c parent company National Express donated a further £500 to match their efforts, making the total donation £1,000 towards the construction of a new lifeboat station.
Geoff Powell, a train driver for c2c who lives in Shoeburyness and organised the fundraising exercise, said: “The RNLI do such important work locally and we wanted to do our bit to support them. The walk was a real challenge, with torrential rain at times, but we were determined to complete it and thanks to the generosity of people we passed, we managed to raise extra donations on the way.”
Jim Mackie, chairman of Southend RNLI, said: “This kind donation from c2c makes it possible for us to retain our independence and supply the best equipment and training for our young men and women crew to do a highly professional job in assisting those in peril on the water.”