RNLI volunteer and maths teacher Sam Kent tells pupils about water safey

MATHEMATICS teacher Sam Kent hopes his head for numbers will hold him in good stead in his role with Penlee lifeboat.Sam, 35, joined the crew just over a year ago and is hoping to train and specialise in navigation with the team. 

He is also keen to share details of the voluntary role with his students at Mounts Bay Academy "It's important for them to know about the work of Penlee and the RNLI," said Sam, deputy head of the school's mathematics department. 

"Ultimately, some of the students may have been rescued by us, or will be in the future, so they need to know what we do and what they should do around the water." 

With a strong background in sailing and watersports, Mr Kent has long been interested in the work of his local RNLI crew and joined the team after moving to Newlyn. Mounts Bay Academy will be holding a fundraising event to help Penlee RNLI raise the money for a new lifeboat station. 

The charity is hoping for public donations of £200,000 towards the project, with the remainder of the £800,000 cost funded by trusts, grants, philanthropy and corporate donations.The entire development is expected to cost around £800,000 and would offer more space for the two lifeboats' crew, the shore team and fundraisers. 

For more information and to donate, visit the station or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/penleelifeboatstationappeal
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