Making a splash for Blyth lifesaving groups

Jetski riders have made a splash to help two lifesaving organisations.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 10:39 am
Updated Thursday, 1st August 2019, 2:27 pm
Blyth Lifeguards and Swimming Club receive a cheque for £510 from North East Jetski.

Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club and Blyth RNLI have received a funding boost from Blyth PWC and North East Jetski.

A team of jetski riders gathered at Blyth beach to dress up and display their skills to raise funds.

A cheque for £510 was presented to Blyth Lifeguards and Swimming Club to help towards the newly purchased defibrillator, which the lifeguards are going to have available during the beach season and at events they cover.

The jetski clubs operate on the beach all season and have given lifts to lifeguards so they can reach incidents quicker.

Darren and Paddy Gilhooly met up with Blyth Lifeguards at one of their training sessions to drop off their share of the cash raised at the Christmas meet at Blyth.

A lifeguard spokesperson said: “These funds are vital to enable the voluntary lifeguards to continue keeping a vigil eye over the public whilst they have fun on the beach and are totally unaware of the dangers with the sea.

“We were over the moon with the amount raised and would like to thank North East Jetski Club, Surf War Freeride, Blyth PWC and everyone involved in the event for their efforts.”

Anyone who would like to get involved in the club or has children interested in the nipper programme can visit the Blyth Lifeguards Facebook page or contact Michelle Weedy, lifeguard captain, on 07525 068586.