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Cycle ride from Aldeburgh to Littlehampton raises more than £3000 for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Over the weekend of 29/30 April three friends from Suffolk, all members of a local cycling club, took part in a sponsored ride from their local lifeboat station in Aldeburgh to Littlehampton.

David, Nick and Chris at Littlehampton Lifeboat Station after their ride

RNLI/Ray Pye

David, Nick and Chris at Littlehampton Lifeboat Station after their ride.

At the end of the ride David Humby, Nick Brodowski, Chris Worsfold arrived in Littlehampton to a welcome from family, friends and RNLI volunteers. They had covered a total distance of 187 miles over a period of 2 days, and in doing so exceeded the initial target they had set themselves. The money raised will provide protective equipment for two volunteer crew members.

David’s family has a close association with Littlehampton lifeboat station. In 2014, his parents Ray and Val Humby donated the station’s in shore D-Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and it was always their intention to see the lifeboat in action during their lifetime.

'The hope is that their initial donation will provide some form of legacy for their family and friends in the future and this is what initially inspired David and his fellow cyclists to take on the challenge. Who knows, they might do it again next year!' said Littlehampton lifeboat press officer Ray Pye. 'The family has become firm friends with the volunteer crew and staff at Littlehampton RNLI and we thank them for their continued support.'

Jointly, the volunteer crews from Aldeburgh and Littlehampton RNLI lifreboat stations launched on 65 occasions in 2016, rescuing 67 people of which six were under the age of 18. Of the 67 people rescued, 11 were classed as lives saved – a specific RNLI criteria where a person would have died if not for the RNLI lifeboat arriving on scene.

All RNLI Lifeboat Stations are manned by a variety of volunteers who give their time freely to this remarkable charity and everyone involved is grateful for the continued support in helping meet the ever-increasing cost of equipment and training with their kind donations and contributions.

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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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