Fundraising cyclist visits Scarborough RNLI
Steven McAllister from Bristol is cycling around Britain and Ireland, visiting all 237 lifeboat stations and raising funds for the RNLI. On 19 May, his epic journey brought him to Scarborough – and his 117th station.
Steven started at Penlee, near Land’s End in Cornwall, in September. By 21 October, he had visited every station up to Silloth, in Cumbria.
After taking the winter off, he recommenced his journey at Silloth and has since visited every station in mainland Scotland and the Scottish islands.
Thursday 19 May his ride began in Whitby and ended in Bridlington.
By the time he has finished, he will have cycled about 7,500 miles. He hopes to complete his trek around the British islands, including the Channel islands and Isle of Man, this year. He also hopes to have at least made a start on Ireland.
Steven got the bug when his mother-in-law, an RNLI fundraiser in Lowestoft, died and he did a sponsored ride, from St David’s to Lowestoft, in her memory.
Celebrating his achievement afterwards, the local media asked him, “What next?”
Under the influence of Champagne, he pledged “to cycle to every RNLI lifeboat station in Great Britain and Ireland”.
So far, he has cycled over 3,000 miles and raised more than £2,000.
Steven can be sponsored online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StevenMcAllister1.
Follow his progress via his blog: www.rnlicoastalcycleride.com
RNLI Media contacts
For further details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.
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, in a normal year, 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.