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Morecambe volunteer lifeboat crew member’s sponsored cycle ride raises over £600

Lifeboats News Release

Big hearted RNLI crewman raises over £600 by cycling 140 miles from Morecambe to Scarborough.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member Chris Patton, 47, has raised a total of £606 from a sponsored cycle ride to Scarborough; which he has divided equally between Morecambe RNLI and his friend’s three-year-old granddaughter, Imogen Diggle (who has had a brain tumour and is going blind) to help pay for her to go to America.
Kevin Jackson, Morecambe RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager, said: ‘This fantastic effort is typical of Chris and his determination to utilise his time and energy in helping others’.

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