Striding out for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Freelance photographer and charity fundraiser Ken Scott called into Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Sunday 09 July as part of his walk of the UK coast to raise money for the RNLI and Parkinson's UK.

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Ken Scott with volunteer crew member Helen Iles.

Ken left his home in West Sussex in February 2017 and has so far raised £1,888.75 which will be split between the two charities.

His decision to support Parkinson's UK is in memory of his father-in-law Harold who died in 2015 after a long and sad decline with Parkinson's disease. Given that his fundraiser would involve walking past many lifeboat stations he decided to raise money for the RNLI too, because he says: ‘The RNLI does magnificent work at sea for our maritime nation, saving lives without discrimination.’

Ken was met for the walk over Barmouth Bridge by Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew member Helen Iles who then showed him around the lifeboat station and the type of equipment his fundraising will fund.

You can make a donation towards Ken's walk at and read of his progress on his fascinating blog Coast 17 at

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