Young fundraiser raises £2000 for Swanage Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Young fundraiser Sam Chaplin, who has just turned 13, set himself the challenge of cycling from Marlow to Wareham, 130 miles, and then kayaking from Wareham to Swanage, 20 miles, to raise money for the RNLI.

Sam and his father arrive at Swanage Lifeboat Station having cycled from Marlow to Warham and kayaked from Wareham to Swanage

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Sam and his father arrive at Swanage Lifeboat Station

Before setting off Sam said ‘I really enjoy both cycling and kayaking and this will be my longest adventure yet!’.

Sam planned to reach Swanage within three days and he successfully completed his challenge arriving at Swanage Lifeboat Station on the afternoon of the 29thMay where he was welcomed by volunteers of Swanage RNLI and the Town Mayor, Mike Bonfield who is also a former Swanage lifeboat crew member.

Although Sam set off in fine weather, the last leg of his journey by kayak was hard word in the wet and windy conditions but this didn’t slow him down and Sam arrived smiling!

Deputy Coxswain, Gavin Steeden said ‘Sam is an inspiration, at only 13 years old he has completed a very difficult challenge and raised an amazing amount of money for the RNLI’.

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Sam Chaplin (13years old) paddles from Wareham to Swanage Lifeboat Station

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Sam Chaplin paddling up to Swanage Lifeboat Station
Young fundraiser Sam Chaplin with the town Mayor Mike Bonfield

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Young fundraiser Sam Chaplin with the town Mayor Mike Bonfield

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