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RNLI Mayday Coastal Challenge Success

Lifeboats News Release

One hundred and twenty people took part in the second RNLI Mayday Coastal Challenge on Saturday, walking up to 15 miles between North Queensferry and Kinghorn, and raising over £6,500 in the process to help kit our lifeboat crews.

10yo supporter Cody Davie on the walk after raising £1000 for RNLI

Elinor Chalmers

Pirate Cody Davie

The challenge built on the very successful inaugural event in 2016, with the 2017 edition starting from North Queensferry and finishing at Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station. The challenge followed the Fife Coastal Path, with four intermediate start points along the way.

The RNLI Mayday campaign is an annual fundraising event, with the 2017 event aiming to raise £750,000 nationally to buy protective clothing for volunteer lifeboat crews. Kinghorn and Aberdour RNLI fundraising branches jointly organised this event.

Sheona Smith, Kinghorn fundraising committee Chair, said, ‘Our second Coastal Challenge was another fantastic success with 120 supporters taking part in the event with over 90 taking on the full 15-mile route.

‘At the end of the walk we had raised an astounding £6,650 and we know of further donations still to be collected. This is excellent as this will help fund kit for crew with funding required for new all-weather clothing, helmets, lifejackets, gloves, and the iconic yellow wellies.

‘We would like to thank everyone who took part, with twice as many as last year. We had a welly-wanging competition at Aberdour, as well as sea-safety advice from our Community Safety team.

‘We must make special mention of one of our younger supporters. 10-year-old Cody Davie from Kirkcaldy raised £1,000 for the event AND completed the full 15-mile course dressed as a pirate! This is a remarkable amount and everyone was full of admiration for his tenacity and commitment to the Coastal Challenge.

‘The event was also supported by the local partner teams, including RNLI Lifeguards and Kinghorn Coastguard Rescue Team. The 15-mile walk began at the Harbour Light Tower with registration taking place in the yard of Calypso Marine; we are very grateful to them for clearing their yard for the day and making us so welcome.

‘We now begin preparing for our annual open day, which will be held on Saturday 22nd July.’

http://www.justgiving.com/RNLICoastalChallengeFife2017

Donations can still be made at our Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/RNLICoastalChallengeFife2017 http://www.justgiving.com/RNLICoastalChallengeFife2017

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RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk or Richard Smith on 07786 668903 or at Richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk Henry Weaver on 07771 943026 or at Henry_Weaver@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

A group of younger walkers meet Stormy Stan at Aberdour

Elinor Chalmers

A group of younger walkers meet Stormy Stan
Another group of walkers make it to Kinghorn

Elinor Chalmers

Challenge completed
10yo Cody Davie is presented with a RNLI bag to mark his completion of the Coastal Challenge

Elinor Chalmers

Cody completes 15 miles
Walker 118 completes the Coastal Challenge

Leanne Taylor

Challenge completed

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