Now Harry,8, visits his 111th RNLI lifeboat station...Lyme Regis
An eight year old boy from land-locked Cheshire is nearly half way to achieving his ambition...to visit all 200-plus lifeboat stations in the UK.
Yesterday (Sat) he chalked up number 111 when he popped into Lyme Regis lifeboat station with his mum and dad.
So far Harry has raised in the region of £2,700 for the RNLI on his travels using justgiving. At the Lyme Regis station Harry and his parents Jane and Tim Mascall, from Wilmslow, were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks and several members of the crew.
He was presented with an RNLI banner, a photo of the Lyme Regis lifeboat signed by the crew, and a special crew shirt is on the way.
Harry said:"When we went on holiday to Northumberland I could see the lifeboat station and that was when I became interested."
Mum Jane added:"Harry is absolutely obsessed. We visit lifeboat stations during every school holiday. But the way we look at it is that we get to see some lovely places that otherwise we would not visit.
"Of course Harry wants to join a lifeboat crew when he is older, but I guess we will have to move house then."
Before Lyme Regis Harry visited Plymouth lifeboat station. And where next ? "Well, Harry is very keen to visit the stations on the Isle of Wight," said Mrs. Mascall.
The address for donations is: www.justgiving.com/harrymascall.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.