Kayakers from Devon visit Barmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Four enthusiastic kayakers from Bideford Canoe Club are on a 299 mile long distance challenge from Appledore to Anglesey raising money for the RNLI.

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Anthony Schorah and Dan Griffith with kayakers

Pete Thorn, Emily Harding, Kevin Sumner and Ian Dring hope to raise £5,000 for the Lifeboat charity. They set out from Devon on 13 July and called in at Barmouth en route where they were met by Second Coxswain Rob Williams and Barmouth RNLI volunteers Anthony Schorah and Dan Griffith.

After completing their leg on Saturday from Aberystwyth to Barmouth they were met at the shoreline and taken to the boathouse where they enjoyed a chat to the crew and offered hot drinks and biscuits and use of the shower facilities. This also gave them the opportunity to check the chart for their next leg to Shell Island then across to the Lleyn Peninsular.

Second coxswain Rob Williams thanked them for their fundraising efforts and Peter Thorn replied:

‘Having spent so much time on the water, we know how vital the RNLI is to the UK and the recent BBC series Saving Lives at Sea really reinforces the importance of ensuring that this fantastic organisation can operate for years to come.’

You can chart their progress on the tracker link on their Facebook page ‘A to A’, and donations can be made on https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/a2a .

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Emily Harding at Barmouth

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