Friends raise money for Cleethorpes RNLI with Memorial Run

Lifeboats News Release

Friends of a local man, Mike Reeder, came together to arrange an annual charity run following his death in November 2016.

Mike Reeder's mother and his friends stand in front of Cleethorpes Lifeboat with RNLI staff and volunteers

RNLI/Selina Witts

Mike Reeder's mother and his friends meet RNLI staff and volunteers to present the £895 raised by the first 'Reeder's Romp'
Mike was a keen leisure fisherman in the Cleethorpes area and had asked for donations at his funeral to be collected for the RNLI.

His friends were inspired to go on fundraising for the RNLI in his memory and, coordinated by Daniel Westcott made plans to arrange an annual run around the anniversary of Mike's birthday on Valentine's Day.

The first 'Reeder's Romp' was organised this year by Ally McMahon, who devised a 12 mile course through the Lincolnshire Wolds. Around 25 people of all ages and abilities took part, including Mike's son Conner Bateman, and between them raised £895 which they visited Cleethorpes Lifeboat Station today, 11 March, to present to the volunteer crew.

Coordinator of the friends, Daniel Westcott, said 'We hope that Reeder's Romp will grow each year and continue to raise money for the RNLI in Mike's memory.'

Cleethorpes Lifeboat has been called to 4 incidents so far in 2017, most recently on January 26th.

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, Daniel Cooper, said 'We're immensely grateful to everyone who took part in raising this fantastic donation and wish them all the best for future events. Without donations like this, our volunteer crew would be unable to carry on saving lives at sea.'

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