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Walk by 73 year old man raises money for Dungeness and Littlestone lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 7 August, Richard Batten from New Romney raised £1,238.00 for the two local RNLI lifeboat stations, walking from Hythe in Kent to the Dungeness Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway station at Dungeness.

This walk took over six and a half hours to complete and was so inspirational as Richard had recovered from cancer in one lung four years ago and at the beginning of this year had to have keyhole surgery to remove a tumour on the other lung at Guys hospital in London. 

Richard said ‘one of the reasons I took on this challenge was seeing how the armed forces come back from their injuries, so that inspired me to do something after my own health problems. I enjoy walking and to raise money for the local RNLI who in turn save lives at sea, made it all so worth while’

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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