A Wilmington schoolboy’s 5k sponsored swim for the RNLI earned him round of applause and a certificate when the Exmouth crew learned of his efforts.
Aubrey Green, aged 11, from Wilmington, near Axmister, set himself the swim challenge so the sea safety charity can continue to save lives.
The keen swimmer, who is also a junior lifeguard, completed his challenge in January at the Flamingo Pool in Axminster, swimming 5k in two hours and 23 minutes.
The youngster set up an online JustGiving page, so people could sponsor his efforts, then made some artwork, thanking those who gave money.
Aubrey said he was ‘very pleased’ with his swim time and thanked everyone for their sponsorship.
He said: “I wanted to help the RNLI because they save people at sea and I also do lifeguarding so I know how hard it is to help people in the water.
“I swim in the sea and have been out on a kayak so I know how dangerous it can be.”
Aubrey’s mum, Tamsin, said her son was ‘was absolutely delighted’ to receive a certificate from Exmouth RNLI, meet the crew, tour the station and see the lifeboats.
She said: “I am sure he will be telling everyone about it for a long time.
“The whole thing has been such a wonderful positive experience for us all.
“Aubrey has been proud to raise money for such a worthy cause.”
Aubrey was presented with a certificate of thanks by Exmouth RNLI Deputy Coxswain Scott Ranft, and the volunteer crew, during the 11-year-old’s Wednesday visit.
Robin Humphreys, chair of Exmouth RNLI’s fundraising team, said “Aubrey was introduced to all the crew before they went out on exercise.
“When they were told the distance he swam, and the amount of money he raised, the crew gave him a massive round of applause. This was well deserved.
“We are extremely grateful that he chose us as the charity for his sponsored swim.
“He is already carrying out junior lifeguard duties and he knows how vital it is to be safe in the water.”