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Barry Dock RNLI volunteer vows to become iNVNCBL in fundraising challenge

Lifeboats News Release

Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat crew member and education volunteer Ben Phillips is participating in the gruelling 10km obstacle iNVNCBL race series to raise money for the lifesaving charity.

Barry Dock RNLI crew member Ben Phillips

Becci Townsend

Barry Dock RNLI crew member Ben Phillips

For the race Ben will travail hail bails, scale walls and crawl through mud on Saturday 4 March in Margam Park, near Bridgend.

He will be running as apart of The Rum Runners team with his friends Sammi Munson and Philippe Moracchini.

The team are hoping to reach their target and raise £200 with donations.

Ben is no stranger to money making challenges as he raised nearly £1000 for the RNLI with an historical Norman soldier style hair cut in October last year.

An RNLI education volunteer, Ben also delivers vital sea safety messages to school children and other young people. He is also a volunteer lifeboat crew member at Barry Dock RNLI and his family have a long history of service with the station - his great grandfather and his brother were both crewmen and his dad is a Second Coxswain.

Ben said: 'I am always finding new ways and challenges to raise money for an charity close to my heart. This is my biggest challenge yet.

'We are running this event because, as a group who enjoy water sports and being at sea, the RNLI plays an extremely meaningful one for us to ensure our safety at sea.

'As a crew member and volunteer I see first-hand the difference raising money can make for both the crew and the local community to ensure people are safe and return home.'

The RNLI relies almost entirely upon donations from members of the public in raising money for the charity's 237 life stations and 350 boat fleet, provide continuous training and modern safety equipment for crew members. More information can be found on the RNLI website at

You can support Ben and the rest of ‘The Rum Runners’ team by donating on their Just Giving page:

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Barry Dock RNLI crew member and education volunteer Ben Phillips in full RNLI kit. Photo credit: Becci Townsend.

For more information please contact Steven John Harry, Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07456 070389 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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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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