Cleethorpes RNLI Crew member reaches new heights at Everest Base Camp

Lifeboats News Release

A volunteer lifeboat crew member from Cleethorpes RNLI swapped sea level for 5,000 metres when he trekked to Everest Base Camp via Cho la pass and Gokyo Ri recently, raising over £1,000 for the RNLI in the process.

Man holds RNLI flag at Everest Base Camp with mountains in the background

RNLI/Mark Thomas

Lifeboat crew member Mark Thomas at Everest Base Camp
Mark Thomas, who is a volunteer member of crew on the D-class lifeboat at Cleethorpes undertook the trip with friends and carried an RNLI flag with him to display at the top of their ascent.

He raised over £1,000 through fundraising, which will help the lifeboat crew at Cleethorpes continue to save lives at sea.

Mark said: “The trek was a real challenge, especially with my injured knee, but the experience was amazing – the views were breathtaking and the camaraderie in the group made it even better. I’m really proud to be able to raise money for the lifeboat as well.

For more information, please contact Matt McNally, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Cleethorpes on 07771-797556.

RNLI/Mark Thomas

Mark and friends at Everest Base Camp

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