RNLI 911 Challenge reaches Shetland this week

Lifeboats News Release

A Porsche 911 on a fundraising tour of RNLI Lifeboat stations will be in Shetland on Friday


James and Belinda Richardson with their Porsche 911 are raising funds for the RNLI
Retired couple James and Belinda Richardson aim to visit all 238 RNLI Lifeboat stations around the UK, seeking donations for the RNLI along the way.

In their Porsche 911 car the couple left Teddington RNLI Lifeboat station in London on 23rd August 2018 and aim to complete their entire trip in 911 hours. Travelling anti-clockwise around the UK they hope to arrive back at Tower RNLI Lifeboat station in London on 30th September. Their fundraising target is to raise a minimum of £238 for each of the 238 lifeboat stations they visit, totalling £56,644.

On Friday 31st August, the couple will reach Shetland and will be at Lerwick Lifeboat Station at 10.30am to meet members of Lerwick Lifeboat crew and the public. The Porsche 911 will also be at Aith Lifeboat Station at 12.30pm that day.

Darren Harcus, Coxswain of Lerwick Lifeboat said - "We're looking forward to welcoming James and Belinda to Shetland, on the most northerly point of their journey around the 238 RNLI stations of the British Isles. Their epic fundraising challenge is a huge personal commitment by them and we hope that folk in Shetland will support them too. The funds raised will help to train and equip RNLI volunteer crews to provide a 24-hour rescue service to save lives at sea."

Donations to the RNLI 911 Challenge can be made online at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-911challenge

More details of the RNLI Challenge can be found at:

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