RNLI – 911 Challenge in Longhope

Lifeboats News Release

911 hours to raise £56,644 for the RNLI by Porsche

Porsche 911 on pier with members of RNLI Longhope

RNLI/Mary Harris

Porsche 911 on pier with members of RNLI Longhope

Today RNLI Longhope were pleased to see the safe arrival of Belinda and James Richardson in their splendid Porsche 911. They are in the process of driving around the whole of the British Isles, visiting all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations. The challenge is to do this journey in 911 hours and the clock is ticking.

They intend to raise in excess of £238 per lifeboat station with the grand total being a very impressive £56,644 for the RNLI.

Starting at Teddington lifeboat station on the 23 August they hope to finish at Tower on 30 September. Belinda and James, a retired couple from London, say they have been fervent supporters of the RNLI for over 20 years and have a passion for Porsches. A great combination to raise funds and promote the aims of the RNLI.

A rather intriguing feature of their journey is to get each station to tie any type of knot on a piece of string which is then attached to a long length of rope. Ours was a blood knot, deftly tied by Angus but I noticed some very fancy knot work created by previous stations. This rope will finally adorn a 3m high map of the British Isles with each knot indicating its station. It should look really interesting and quite unique.

Belinda and James have had a wonderful journey so far and are really enjoying meeting all the volunteers that keep these stations going. Walking down the pier after visiting our lifeboat, Belinda said:‘We’ve been made very welcome at each station, people are very friendly and it’s not just about the crew but all those that support them in each community. Their loved ones, friends, and everyone who works behind the scenes. It really does feel like one big family.’

We wish Belinda and James all the best on their journey and thank them and all those that are supporting them, in their venture to help the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

Belinda and James with crew members aboard Longhope lifeboat

RNLI/Mary Harris

Belinda and James with crew members aboard Longhope lifeboat

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