RNLI volunteer demonstrates pedal power from Morecambe to Scarborough

Lifeboats News Release

An RNLI crewman has raised about £300 for the charity by cycling 140 miles from Morecambe to Scarborough.

Chris Patton, 47, set off from Morecambe, where he lives, on Tuesday 12 July.

After sustaining a puncture in Leeds, he completed the journey, arriving at Scarborough’s temporary lifeboat station at about 5pm.

He was greeted and thanked by crew members Mark Rawling and Rudi Barman.

At the latest count, he had raised £589 in sponsorship, which he wants to share between the RNLI and a friend’s three-year-old granddaughter, Imogen Diggle, who has had a brain tumour and is going blind.

Chris, who has 20 grandchildren, volunteers on Morecambe’s D-class inshore lifeboat and hovercraft. He works as a signalman at Preston railway station.

John Senior, Scarborough RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager, said:  ‘This is a fantastic fundraising effort by one of the RNLI’s many volunteers. The RNLI is extremely grateful to Chris for his sterling effort.’

RNLI Photo caption
The images show Chris Patton with Mark Rawling, left, and Rudi Barman.

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