A great day of fun was had by children of Porthleven School at Praa Sands, including beach safety, crab hunting and surfing Keen to encourage support of service families and their friends, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Porthleven School, and Surf Action got together to create an event to put smiles on the faces of a number of local children.

Surf Action conduct regular “Kids Surf Squad” activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the summer in Cornwall. Porthleven School has been active in fundraising to provide amenities for its own service children and saw this as a great opportunity to include friends as well.

The Fleet Air Arm at Culdrose regularly supports many community activities and was “delighted to be involved with such a positive initiative.”

The idea was hatched by Leigh Yates of Porthleven School Parent and Teachers Association, when she met Surf Action at Cornwall Armed Forces Day. She said that events such as this are “so helpful for spreading community spirit and support to service families and their friends”.

Adding: ““Porthleven School has so far raised £14,000 to improve facilities for our children, which includes 17 schools in the educational trust. We are very ambitious to raise more so that we can provide better facilities for all the children of our village and the surrounding area.”

Charlene Bastedo of Porhtleven School said: “We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Surf Action and the Royal Navy from Culdrose for all their help in encouraging the children and having a really fun day today”.

Justin Heath of Surf Action said that the main focus for anyone they work with is to put smiles on faces.

He added: “It is great to extend our activities specifically for the benefit of our service children and their friends. It has been lovely seeing the kids today.”

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