Welly Walkers Put Best Foot Forward for RNLI
Staff at The Seaton Lane Inn put their best foot forward - together - to raise over £300 to fund kit for The Royal National Lifeboat Institute’s volunteer crew members.
Taking inspiration from the kit they were fundraising for, The Seaton Lane Inn’s Debbie Brown, Joanne Curtis, Keeley Mathewson and chef Jennifer Malkin wore their wellington boots for a three-mile, three-legged welly walk from the inn on Seaton Lane to the George Elmy lifeboat at East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre.
Debbie Brown of The Seaton Lane Inn said: “It was surprisingly hard work - the last time any of us had done three-legged walking was in the school ground! But we had a laugh and it was amazing to know we’ve raised so much money for the RNLI and the fantastic work it does to save lives at sea. As we are such a short distance from Durham’s heritage coast, we felt it was important to do our bit to raise funds for such a relevant charity.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported us in our walk - and to the staff at Seaham Marina and East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre who gave us such a warm welcome when we arrived.”
As well as raising funds through the welly walk, The Seaton Lane Inn has become a ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off point, where customers can pick up small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change and return these to the inns to be emptied, helping towards the cause.
The RNLI’s community fundraising manager for the North East Gill King said: Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives at sea. We are thrilled that The Seaton Lane Inn is helping to raise money for the RNLI and thank them for their support.”
From left, Debbie Brown, Keeley Mathewson, Jennifer Malkin and Joanne Curtis.