A wave of fun for RNLI fund-raiser

Youngsters at Clifton Nursery sampled a life on the ocean waves as part of a fancy dress fund-raising event.

Toddlers donned pirate hats and mermaid costumes as they joined in nautical-themed arts and crafts and learned about the vital work of the RNLI.

Youngsters at Clifton Nursery in St Annes had a nautical-themed fancy dress day raising funds for the RNLI, finishing with a visit from the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat ' it's all aboard the lifeboat with helm Simon Turpie

Youngsters at Clifton Nursery in St Annes had a nautical-themed fancy dress day raising funds for the RNLI, finishing with a visit from the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat ' it's all aboard the lifeboat with helm Simon Turpie

Nursery owner and RNLI volunteer Simon Turpie brought his dinghy to work on the back of a trailer, which the children were able to sit in and explore.

Manager Amy Nicolson said: “It was a lovely day for everyone.

“The babies did marble paintings using shaving foam, which is part of their sensory learning programme, and the pre-school children made sailor hats and created their own pirate stories.

“It is a really good first-hand experience for the children that helps tremendously with speech and language.

“We raised £50 last year for the lifeboats thanks to a 50p donation from each child wearing fancy dress and we hope to at least match that figure again.”