Gas work­ers do their bit for the RNLI

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Staff from a gas net­work de­pot in Ashford vol­un­teered their ser­vices for a day to help the RNLI.

Six South­ern Gas Net­works (SGN) em­ploy­ees from the com­pany’s de­pot in Wot­ton Road, Ashford, spent the day on board the Trent class ves­sel Esme An­der­son at Ram­gate lifeboat sta­tion to carry out es­sen­tial main­te­nance work.

They cleaned and re­freshed the lifeboat’s paint­work, pol­ished brass and oiled the equip­ment used for lift­ing the in­shore lifeboat, be­fore clean­ing and paint­ing the steps lead­ing up to the boathouse.

The idea for vol­un­teer­ing at the lifeboat sta­tion came from SGN project man­ager Mark Bray, who has been a volun- teer RNLI crew mem­ber at Rams­gate for five years.

He said: “Our lifeboats are ex­posed to the sea’s hos­tile and cor­ro­sive con­di­tions on an al­most daily ba­sis, so it’s vi­tal they are main­tained to the high­est stan­dards.

“As part of SGN’s Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Pro­gramme, we get one day a year on com­pany time to make a dif­fer­ence in our lo­cal com­mu­nity. Help­ing out at the lifeboat sta­tion seemed like the per­fect use of our time.”

While at the lifeboat sta­tion, the vol­un­teers also pre­sented Rams­gate RNLI with a cheque for £500 from the com­pany’s Into Ac­tion fund, which sup­ports em­ploy­ees who give up their time to help in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The SGN team: Jeff Bir­chall, Paul He­witt, Ste­fan Dal­ton, Karen Gold­smith, Dave Lewis and Mark Bray on board the RNLI’s Esme An­der­son lifeboat at Rams­gate

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