Folkestone Coastwatch Needs You!
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RDHCT has provided a grant of £2500 to Folkestone Coastwatch to help fund its annual running costs.
Folkestone Coastwatch is part of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) which assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and along the United Kingdom coastline. It is registered as a charity and relies on donations to fund its activities. The Folkestone station was the first in Kent and opened in 1998. It originally operated from an ex-Coastguard Station in east Folkestone near Martello Tower Number 3 and in 2007 moved to its current position at Copt Point Battery Observation Post.
As well as covering running costs, Folkestone Coastwatch needs to raise funds to buy new equipment and facilities at the site, which is run entirely by volunteers. Peter Jackson, a volunteer with Coastwatch who helps on its fundraising team, said: “Fundraising is becoming more of a challenge. We receive limited grants from ward councillors, but we receive no local authority or government support. Money is collected from donors, either via fund applications or from local collections but it has become more difficult to raise money from public donations. This significant donation from RDHCT is an enormous help.”
Folkestone Coastwatch provides valuable eyes and ears along the coastline, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. When people get into trouble, the team alerts HM Coastguard and directs the appropriate rescue services to the incident. The organisation welcomes new volunteers who have a love of the sea or of the Kent coastline, and who want to help others. Those interested in getting involved in volunteering or supporting the charity can find out more at https://www.nci-folkestone.org/