Students from The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College raised over £1840 for Hartlepool RNLI.

The charity was chosen to be supported by students of St. Margaret Clitherow house in the previous school year inspired by former employee Mike Craddy.

Mike, the now-retired Reprographics officer in the school, was also Operations Manager for the lifeboats for over 20 years and retired from the station at the same time.

Chris Hornsey, who took over the helm in January, was overjoyed with the donation and said: “A very big thank you to everyone involved at English Martyrs and thank you to everyone who donated.”

There are 238 Lifeboat stations across the UK with the service costing approximately £175,000,000 per year to fund.

Chris added: “Our charity and service can’t run without donations and we are very grateful.”

“All of our crew, including myself, are all volunteers. Nobody in the service gets paid and it’s humbling when people support us.’

The station, who currently have 35 volunteers in the crew, was awarded a Pride of Britain Emergency Services award in 2012 for their heroic rescue of a young man in the water.

Year 11 students, Anjalee Dhaliwal and Jaden Chera accompanied House Leader, Mr Lewis Nicholson, to the lifeboat station to present a cheque for £1848.50.

Steve Pounder, a member of the lifeboat crew for 28 years, gave a tour of the station and the large lifeboat where we made the presentation.

Mr Nicholson said: “It’s been a pleasure to raise money for such a vital service.”

“The students worked extremely hard to raise the money and I’m proud of the effort and dedication they have shown.”