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Fundraiser Swaps Sea for Mountains

Lifeboats News Release

Rhyl Boxing Day Dip organiser, Seth Pierce swapped a dip in the Irish Sea for the Himalayas last month, climbing to Everest Base camp in aid of the RNLI.

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Seth Pierce at Everest Base Camp

Last month RNLI fundraiser Seth Pierce undertook an adventure of a lifetime travelling to the Himalayas in an attempt to climb the Mount Everest Base Camp in aid of the charity. Seth who helps organise the annual Rhyl RNLI Boxing Day Dip, set off on the 17th March, reaching Base Camp on the 26th. During the trip Seth and the rest of the reached a peak called Kala Patthar at 5645 metres (18520ft). Through sponsorship online Seth managed to raise over £1200 towards the RNLI.

Seth says 'Everest Base Camp was a personal challenge and lifelong ambition for me. Born and bred in North Wales, hill walking has always been a huge part of my life as have challenges. I'm so glad to have raised £1,200+ for the Rhyl RNLI, by just playing about in the Himalayas. The next challenge is the this years Dip that will be taking place on New Years Eve due to the tides being better than on Boxing Day, this is one you can all take part in...see you on the 30th December'

Martin Jones Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain says 'We would like to congratulate Seth on an amazing achievement in reaching base camp on Mount Everest and would like to thank him for his continued support to the RNLI, without people like him we simply would not be able to launch the lifeboats to people in need'.

Seth Pierce

Seth & team at Everest Base Camp

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Seth with Everest in the background

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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