Nine year old Margate Cub Scout completes 21km triathlon in aid of charity

Jacob presents his cheque to Chris Andrews from Margate RNLI (Image Holy Trinity Sea Scout Group)

A nine-year old Cub Scout from Margate has completed a gruelling 21km triathlon to raise funds for charity as part of his efforts to gain the Chief Scout Silver Award.

Jacob Websdale is a Cub Scout with Holy Trinity Sea Scout Group and was challenged by Akela, Carole Pankhurst to raise funds for charity to gain his award. Jacob took up that challenge and on Easter Sunday completed the triathlon by swimming 1km, running 5km and cycling nearly 15km, almost 5km more than his target. In the process Jacob raised £275 for Margate RNLI and £275 for Thanet Lifeguard Club, of which he is a member.

Jacob and his group attended the lifeboat station at Margate to hand over the cheque to Chris Andrews, Station Mechanic Margate Lifeboat. The occasion was arranged by Joel Goodwin who is a member of the Scouts and the lifeboat crew.

During the visit Jacob was also presented with his Chief Scout Silver Award, the highest available to a Cub, by Thanet District Cubs Assistant District Commissioner Malcomb Johns.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority for Margate RNLI Lifeboat, said: “This is an incredible achievement for a nine-year old with the bonus that the RNLI and Thanet Lifeguard Club are benefiting from his efforts. We thank Jacob and his group for the donation which will help us in our work of saving lives at sea – well done Jacob!”