RNLI lifeguard took the plunge to raise funds for the charity
RNLI lifeguard Emily Nineham has so far raised £400 and counting for the RNLI by taking part in a daring 10,000ft skydive on Saturday 19 August.
Emily jumped out of a plane at a dizzying 10,000ft in a sky high fundraising bid for the charity, paying the full cost of the dive with her own funds so that all money raised will go directly to the RNLI.
As an RNLI lifeguard Emily patrols the beaches along the Dorset coast, such as Weymouth, Greenhill, West Bay and Lyme Regis. She was inspired to fundraise for the RNLI due to her first-hand experience with the charity as a beach lifeguard. She realised just how important public donations are in order to support both the lifeboat crews and lifeguard teams, and wanted to help make a difference.
After the skydive Emily said: ‘The RNLI is a big part of my life. I really wanted to be able to give something back to the charity that saves lives at sea so I decided to do something a bit crazy to fundraise for them: a 10,000ft tandem skydive! This included a terrifying 30 second free-fall at 125mph! It was definitely worth it though!’
It is still possible to donate towards Emily’s fundraising total online here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emily-nineham .
Thanks to your support our lifeboat crews and lifeguards saved 558 lives in 2016. Whether organising an event in your local community or becoming a volunteer there are many ways to the support the RNLI to save lives at sea. You can find out more about the charity’s vital work and how you can help to support it at RNLI.org/support-us.
Notes to editors
- You can find your nearest lifeguarded beach and patrol times here: rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches
The enclosed photos show:
- Emily smiling for the camera before the skydive. Please credit Emily Nineham.
- Emily in the plane waiting to take the plunge. Please credit Emily Nineham.
- Emily braving the jump from the plane. Please credit Emily Nineham.
- Emily during the freefall. Please credit Emily Nineham.
- Emily after the sky dive. Please credit Emily Nineham.
- Emily Nineham on patrol at West Bay beach, Dorset. Please credit RNLI/Emily Nineham.
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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.
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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