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Daniel goes that extra mile for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

When 14 year-old Daniel Williams of Newquay was asked what charity he wanted to support for the volunteering element of his Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, he lost no time in nominating the RNLI.

Daniel and Simon William with Barmouth volunteers

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Daniel and Simon Williams arrive at Barmouth

Daniel’s father, Simon, had been helm of Newquay’s Inshore Lifeboat and a crew member for many years, so the RNLI was a natural choice for him. He and his dad had holidayed in Barmouth and felt there was no better way to support his favourite charity than to do a sponsored bike-ride down the Mawddach trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth and back, enjoying one of Wales’ most beautiful estuaries.

When Daniel and Simon arrived in Barmouth during the busy annual Dog Show event on Sunday 2 July, they were welcomed by RNLI Mechanic Daryl James and Coxswain Peter Davies who said:

It’s great to see youngsters like Daniel taking part in this leading youth achievement award while supporting the RNLI at the same time. It is young people like Daniel who are keen to get involved and learn new skills that the RNLI want to encourage.

Daniel has already raised over £200 for the RNLI and hopes to increase this to £300.

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland