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Civil Service workers brave thunderstorm to raise money for new Wells lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Five cyclists who work in Norwich for the Dept. for Work and Pensions braved stormy weather yesterday (Friday 16 September) to ride from Norwich to Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station and back in aid of the new Shannon lifeboat.

The group of four men and one woman, set off at 8am from Norwich Railway Station and travelled the back roads through Reapham and Great Snoring to get to Wells RNLI boathouse at 12:30pm. 

Paul Steward (42), Ginny Magee (55), Andrew Pipe (37), Brian Howe (38) and Stephen Green (41) battled against wind, rain and a thunderstorm to reach their destination. 

The group hope to raise over £1,000 for the Civil Service Lifeboat Fund (CSLF) which is committed to raising £1.1m for Wells’s new lifeboat which is expected to come into service in about two year’s time.
The CSLF was started by civil servants in 1866. The charity has raised more than £4.9m, has helped finance 52 lifeboats and is one of the RNLI’s longest serving and biggest contributors. For its 150th anniversary this year, the fund put their support behind Wells RNLI and pledged to raise the money to help pay for the station’s new Shannon class lifeboat, which will be named after the charity and will most likely be called Civil Service 53.
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-John Mitchell, Wells RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 01328 710882 / 07831 103 166, lpo@wellslifeboat.orgg

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