Porthcawl RNLI charity walk

Lifeboats News Release

Porthcawl RNLI fundraisers have planned a charity walk following on from the success of last year’s event.

Walkers of all ages are invited to join this special event which will start at 11am, Sunday 11 September 2016 at the Lifeboat Station, Porthcawl Harbour

The walk will consist of three routes each to hopefully suit different ages and abilities:

Route 1, a walk along the seafront to Rest Bay and return – 5km
Route 2, the seafront, Rest Bay then to Sker Point and return – 10km
Route 3, the seafront, Rest Bay, Sker Point and then Kenfig Nature Reserve and return – 15km

RNLI fundraiser and organiser Bob Twitty, of Porthcawl, said: ‘Whilst I am hoping for good weather for the event I hope that many of our friends and supporters will turn out and have a good day out raising valuable funds to support our volunteer crews here in Porthcawl. I would point out that the Route 3 walk will be clearly signposted through Kenfig Dunes to Kenfig Nature Reserve.

I would encourage all participants to carry refreshments with them and make this a special day out along a beautiful part of our coast, knowing that any funds raised will help provide equipment and training back at our lifeboat station.

'There is no minimum fundraising target and we very much appreciate every penny you can raise. Dogs are welcome provided they are supervised at all times and kept on a lead (where necessary). There is no need to register before the event just be there ready for the 11am start.'

Sponsorship forms are available from Porthcawl RNLI Gift Shop, The Boat House Fish Bar or you can download one here.

If you would prefer to set up a Just Giving web page for sponsorship donations we would ask you to link your page to the main Charity Walk Team Page that has been set up at www.justgiving.com/teams/porthcawlrnlicharitywalk. Please add to your page that you are raising funds for the local Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat Station to ensure all sponsorship monies go directly to Porthcawl RNLI.
Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthcawl, Philip Missen MBE, said: ‘As volunteers we rely totally on charity money raised in various ways to cover the cost of our equipment etc. From crew dry suits to our modern lifeboat fleet, all costs are met by the public supporting our charity. Porthcawl was the busiest inshore lifeboat station on the Welsh coastline during 2015, on a few occasions our lifeboats have launched three times in a day to rescue people. We are grateful to everyone who supports us and we wish all walkers on this event a good day out with the knowledge that their fundraising is very much appreciated.'

Details of the Walk and sponsorship forms can be found on our website www.porthcawl-lifeboat.co.uk or the Porthcawl RNLI Facebook and Twitter pages.

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Porthcawl RNLI's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat. Credit RNLI/Porthcawl

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For further information contact Ian Stroud, Lifeboat Press Officer, Porthcawl, on 07590 777875

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