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Withernsea crewmen brave heat to raise money for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two volunteer crewmen from Withernsea Lifeboat ran the Hull 10k race on Sunday 18 June, in full RNLI kit.

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Darren and Matthew with their finishers medals in Queens Gardens, Hull
Darren Hickey and Matthew Woodhouse, who between them have nearly 20 years service with the RNLI, have so far raised over £500 for Withernsea Lifeboat Station by braving 30 degree heat during the race yesterday.

Darren said: 'We wanted to do something to raise money for our station, and we both run so we decided to enter the Hull 10k race. Then we joked about doing it in our drysuits and things went from there. We had to make some minor adjustments on race day because of the weather. We left our helmets at home because whilst we Respect the Water at sea, we had to respect the heat during the race - we were running in 30 degrees in full drysuits and lifejackets. We didn't want to become casualties ourselves.'

Matthew added 'The event was fantastic. We had so many people cheering us on and thanking us for the work the RNLI does. It was very humbling and definitely made the day worthwhile.'

The pair have raised well over £500 so far and are hopeful the total will rise to nearly £1000 once all sponsorships are collected in.

RNLI Media contacts
For more information please contact Matthew Woodhouse, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07864 633267.

Hull Daily Mail

Darren and Matthew during the 10k race in Hull

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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.

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